Day in history for July 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A car of ammunition and calvary equipment was shipped from Rock Island Arsenal for Fort Lincoln, Dakota.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A picnic to aid the striking machinists is to be given at Huber's garden.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island retail merchants agreed on details of a community advertising campaign to cost $5,452.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Model airplanes will be grounded at the Rock Island High School ``airport'' as a result of action taken last night by aldermen acting on a petition signed by 64 residents in the vicinity of the high school. The petitioners charged the continuous buzz of the model planes has become a nuisance. They also asserted they cannot understand why they should be subjected to the noise when use of the planes was banned at Reservoir Park several years ago.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Attempts to win official approval to plan a computerized 911 communications system for the Quad-Cities began today when the concept was explained to area fire chiefs. Planners from the Bi-State Metropolitan Computer Commission and the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission told the four fire chiefs who showed up for a meeting that they will be requested next week to submit letters saying they ``want to participate in the planning program.'' The chiefs are A.J. Claerhout of Moline, Norman Schadt of Silvis, Don Leslie of Rock Island, and Howard Goettsch of Davenport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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