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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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