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: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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