Day in history for August 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Fires have been started in the Rock Island Glass Works. It will take some days before the furnaces will be hot enough to work.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island put a large gang on the streets cleaning away the accumulated rubbish of the past three days.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mystery surrounds the burning of the old packet steamer, ``Keokuk,'' destroyed at a loss of $25,000 at Nahant.

1951 -- 50 years ago
WHBF-TV began operating on doubled power today. The increase, authorized by the FCC, boosts the transmitter output power from 11 kilowatts to 23 kilowatts. WHBF-TV engineers explained that the increase in radiated power would greatly improve picture and audio quality in the outlying fringe areas.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials say a reduced speed limit, additional left-turn signals or stepped-up patrolling may be needed to upgrade safety along John Deere Road. John Hofstatter, city engineer, told aldermen at a council committee-of-the-whole session that his office is also studying traffic data gleaned in a recent survey to determine whether sign changes or pavement markings at intersections would aid the safety effort. A two-vehicle accident which killed two children on July 20 at 38th Street and John Deere Road prompted the survey and a request that the state consider lowering the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit on the route.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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