Day in history for February 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The dwelling house of Mr. A. Allen, near Port Byron, in this county, was burned down on Monday morning last. Loss not ascertained. Supposed to be the work of an incendiary.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Two innocent Davenporters were fleeced out of $200 by a 3-card monte man near Geneseo.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Fourteenth district Republicans held a love feast at the Harper House in Rock Island today.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island police are looking for a gang of boys. Longfellow School is the third school entered by burglars within a week.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An apple for the teacher is all right providing no teacher has a hand in collecting money to pay for it. That's the gist of a policy adopted by the Moline Board of Education. The policy was accepted as an addition to the board's book of rules and regulations for the school system, which is in the process of being redrafted under the chairmanship of board member Lloyd Schwiebert.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night, nor hardly anything else, can slow down Larry Stawicki of East Moline and Charles Ganzley of Port Byron in their 1930 Model A snowmobile. ``It's original, factory-made that way,'' says Stawicki. Complete with tracks and skis, the vintage pickup-type truck operated until only a few years ago delivering mail in snowy New Hampshire.

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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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