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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