Day in history for February 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mild weather the last few days has softened the ice so that crossing the Mississippi with teams is now suspended. Those who wish to cross on foot will be taken out to the ice by skiffs, which are in readiness by the shore.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Four hundred Rock Island people have signed petitions to the Illinois senate to permit women to vote in all local elections at which the question of licensing the sale of intoxicating liquors is presented.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island High School girls' basketball team defeated Muscatine, 14-5. Rock Island players were Cora VanGalder, Emma Helper, Ella Hudson, Blanche Smith, Gale Postlewaite and Lizzie Clark.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Opal McCardie leads contestants in the American Legion's popularity contest.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Roy Henderson, 57-year-old Davenport blacksmith, is one of the few horseshoers still plying the trade in the country. Instead of working ``under the spreading chestnut tree,'' Henderson travels by truck to farms in western Illinois and eastern Iowa where he gets anywhere between $8 to $20 for shoeing one horse.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's oldest streetlight has fallen victim to modern times. The city council decided to replace the ornamental pole and its incandescent lamp on Glenhurst Court with a modern wooden pole and mercury-vapor light. It came down to money. The city would have to spend $400 to renovate the lamp and more money for a new lens.

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