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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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