Day in history for December 17, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Will the Mississippi be bridged? This question is already exciting a good deal of interest in view of the imminent connection of this noble river by railroad with the Atlantic seaboard.

1876 -- 125 years ago
This locality was suddenly visited with a frightful windstorm, driving everybody indoors and causing much fear for the safety of weak buildings.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Dr. J.F. Myers of Rock Island was appointed to the state board of charities for the county.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island county board of supervisors fixed salaries for deputies and clerks in amounts varying little from the previous year.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A Carbon Cliff youngster who is celebrating her first birthday is attracting considerable attention in local medical circles. The child has 16 fully developed teeth, a rarity for a 1-year-old baby, dentists report. A child 1-year-old normally has from 4 to 8 teeth and to have 16 teeth at that age is very unusual.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Davenport police believe they have cracked a large gambling operation that may have covered much of eastern Iowa. Police said arrests were forthcoming following a raid Saturday at the Davenport Tobacco Shop and seizure of numerous items including a paper shredder, gambling records, line sheets, bags of shredded paper and an adding machine.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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