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: 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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