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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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