Day in history for September 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The new quarters for the First National Bank (Mitchell And Lynde, owners), downtown Rock Island, are about ready for use, and will be occupied early next week.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Four flat cars loaded with delivery wagons for the Tri-City Bottled Milk and Butter Company arrived in Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A new model street car was introduced to patrons of the Tri-City Railway Company on the Rock Island-Moline Lines.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Seven Quad-Cities pilots will be among more than 150 civil air patrol flyers in a mock search-and-rescue mission tomorrow at the University of Illinois, Champaign. They will be briefed on the mission and assigned a grid area they must search. Pilots will report any unusual activity seen in their grid, and, in one grid, an actual wreckage will be planted by the Air Force to represent the mock lost plane. Every C.A.P. unit in the state will be represented.

1976 -- 25 years ago
East Moline officials are seeking appointment of a special prosecuting attorney to save the city up to $14,000 in traffic offense revenue. City Attorney William Phares met with members of the city council's finance committee to outline his proposal. ``Under a recent appellate court ruling, any state traffic offense is now prosecuted by the state's attorney, and fines from those cases must go to the county treasury,'' Phares said.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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