Day in history for May 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Owing to a scarcity of stone, the stone cutters at Rock Island Arsenal have been obliged to stop work for a short time.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island baseball team was victor over the Davenport team by a score of 9-8.

1926 -- 75 years ago
R.A. Jacobson, Yankton, S.D., has been engaged as general secretary of the Rock Island chamber of commerce.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The round-up of 18 Moline youths, 14 to 16 years old, on complaints that they were shooting fireworks in violation of city and state laws, will have repercussions in Cook County, police said today. The youths said they obtained the firecrackers from Central Trading Co., Franklin Park, a Chicago suburb, and Robert Klockau, assistant state's attorney, told Geneva Dunderberg, Moline police matron, that he would ask the Cook County state's attorneys office to initiate proceedings against the company. With the round-up of the boys, a considerable quantity of contraband fireworks was seized.

1976 -- 25 years ago
James A. Grafton, a computer operator at J.I. Case, Bettendorf, and his son James L., a Moline High student, will both graduate this spring. The elder Grafton receives a Black Hawk College diploma on May 19, and young Jim will be among the top 10 students in the MHS Class of 76 graduating June 4. The latter plans to follow his father at BHC next fall. The family lives in Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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