Day in history for June 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Some sneaking coward, whose name we would like to publish, hurled stones at the Turner procession as it was passing the German school house. Two gentlemen in the procession were knocked senseless. Such an outrage would not be tolerated if the perpetrator were known.

1901 -- 100 years ago
George Press, Rock Island, who last week held up John Gillespie and robbed him of 30 cents, was sentenced to a term of 30 days in jail and a fine of $25.

1926 -- 75 years ago
E.A. Waller, manager of the J. Peterson Company, has just returned from Philadelphia where his firm was awarded a $105,000 contract to equip the second floor of the new addition to the $10,000,000 Gemble Brothers Dry Goods Store.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Augustana Lutheran Church shattered all precedent today when it voted to permit women to participate in the administration of local congregations.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Thousands of dollars worth of supplies Rock Island County purchased for this year's primary election were not used and will likely end up as expensive note pads. County records show $37,769 has been spent on supplies and printing, with the general election and its expenses still to come. The most costly of the unused supplies were purchased as a result of a state law requiring paper ballots to be supplied to each precinct in case a voting machine breaks down.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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