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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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