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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."

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