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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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