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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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