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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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