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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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