Day in history for September 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The probate court began its regular monthly session.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Evert's Commandery, Knights Templars, tendered a reception to the Rodman Rifles last night at the Masonic Temple, with music by Bleuer's orchestra.

1905 -- 100 years ago
E.H. Bowman and Thomas Campbell returned from the west, where they attended the Grand Army of the Republic encampment of Denver.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Deputy Sheriff Floyd Krueger of Drury Township battled 6 prisoners to finally stop an attempted jail break at the Rock Island County Jail.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A gray haired woman, self-styled as a ''Peace Pilgrim'' has arrived in Davenport on the second half of a 10,000 mile walking tour for world disarmament. Concealing her true identity and age she is now walking into each state capital, speaking to church groups and making radio and television appearances along the way.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The United Township High School board is willing to discuss the sale of 32 acres of school-owned property to Silvis, Mayor Stacy King told aldermen. The city has considered buying the acreage, at John Deere Road near Cliff Heights Golf Center, to build a major sports complex.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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