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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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