Day in history for May 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A destructive fire consumed most of the business district in Springfield. Damage was estimated at more than $150,000.

1880 -- 125 years ago
John B. Hawler headed a delegation of citizens and left for Springfield to attend the state Republican convention.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club was entertained at Mississippi Park by the Mississippi Park Association.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Farmer's State Bank in Orion was closed for examination and adjustment, tying up more than a half-million dollars in deposits.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline's roaming deer got into the news again today. Reported yesterday morning near the southwest end of Riverside Park, the animal was sighted again about 5:45 a.m. today at 10th St. and 6th Ave., half the city away from its former stamping grounds.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A dedication ceremony and public tours of the newly completed building addition and remodeling of Hammond-Henry District Hospital will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the hospital, 210 W. Elk St., Geneseo.

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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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