Day in history for November 17, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The Scott County grand jury presented the county jail as a nuisance and unworthy abode of a right decent thief.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The new bridge of the Rock River at South Rock Island is nearly completed.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Bishop K.H. Gezelius vonScheele and his wife of Sweden arrived in Rock Island for a week of sermon and lecture engagements.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Cervin, Horn and Stuhr, Rock Island architect firm, was retained as architects for the proposed new high school building.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A new program for increased fire protection and fire prevention is under way at Quad-City Airport, commissioners said today, because of increased field traffic and because of the introduction of more modern methods. Leo P. Brennan is organizing a volunteer fire-fighting organization and is scheduling weekly practice fire-fighting drills.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A 12-year-old girl returned to her Glenview Junior High classes today, thanks to a group of Boy Scouts and leaders who rescued her from 16 feet of icy water in East Moline's Water Tower Park lake. Deena Childers and a companion were walking on ice near the middle of the man-made lake when the surface gave way. A group of Boy Scouts from East Moline's Troop 300 was working on a park improvement project when they saw the girl and her companion fall through the mushy ice.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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