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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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