Day in history for February 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council authorized the city marshal to destroy all dogs found running at large within the limits of the city without good and sufficient muzzles on their jaws.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It being Sunday, the Rev. George R. Palmer preached at the Fifth Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church on ``some thoughts suggested by Henry Ward Beecher's Chicago sermon.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council last night voted in favor of the proposition to sell a city lot on 17th Street to Mrs. Anna Corcoran at her bid of $1,250.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The withdrawal of Anton Cermak, Chicago, leaves the gubernatorial field to Justice Floyd E. Thompson of Rock Island in the Democratic primary.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Roads which will form part of the Illinois route of a supersafe travelway from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico were named in the report of the Mississippi Scenic Parkway commission to Governor William G. Stratton. Illinois Route 80, through Cordova, Port Byron, Hampton and Silvis, would be part of the designated thoroughfare.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Three Burlington-Northern locomotives and 59 cars were derailed just north of Hillsdale along Ill. 2. No injuries were reported, but damage is estimated at more than $250,000. Damages include $20,000 to the track, $20,000 to the locomotives, and the rest to demolished freight cars.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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