Day in history for October 17, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Keator and Company's raft boat, the Robert Ross, came down with a log raft for their sawmill.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Dr. Gustav Andreen was installed formally as president of Augustana College and Dr. S.G. Youngert as professor of theology.

1926 -- 75 years ago
St. Joseph High School gridders defeated Visitation High of Kewanee, 13 to 0, at Douglas Park.

1951 -- 50 years ago
In one week of court activity a new jury pool system saved Rock Island an estimated $225 in jury costs. Used in Rock Island County for the first time in Illinois, the system provides that juries for both circuit and county court can be drawn from a single 36-member petit jury panel, called by Circuit Court Clerk Howard Gregg. Under the old system, each of the two courts chose juries from separate 24-member panels, using a total of 48 jurors. So the new plan saves costs for 12 jurors each day.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A candy manufacturer and distributor headquartered in Moline the past 20 years has purchased property in Davenport and will move there next year. Ben Friedman, president of Fresh Pak Candy Co., 2519 4th Ave., said operations will be moved to the old National Food warehouse at 2525 Rockingham Road. He said the move will place the operations closer to a second plant he owns in partnership with his brother Isadore Friedman. That firm is Lusk Candies Co., 2371 Boies Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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