Day in history for June 17, 2000

1875 -- 125 years ago
John Kistler of Buffalo Prairie sold 179 head of fat steers for $15,000.

1900 -- 100 years ago
The barn of William H. Kistler of Buffalo Prairie, one of the largest and finest structures in the county, was destroyed by fire. The loss was placed at $3,500.

1925 -- 75 years ago
William G. Dempsey was appointed to the newly created position of office assistant at Rock Island City Hall.

1950 -- 50 years ago
``For any door that swings.'' That's how Carl J. Peterson, 2640 8th St., Moline, describes his new concealed door hinge. ``My hinge eliminates door sag,'' Peterson explained. ``It has been lab tested and proven to stand more than 550 pounds of pressure.'' Peterson is co-owner of Peterson-Bradley Products Inc., 1221 2nd Ave., Rock Island. The company devotes part of its time to making concealed door hinges for automobiles and house doors.

1975 -- 25 years ago
Seventy union jobs at the Rock Island Lines Silvis Shops have been eliminated, and those workers will be laid off. The layoffs are part of another belt tightening move by the railroad, which filed for bankruptcy in mid-March, and includes union positions in the locomotive and car repair departments. Economics at the railroad are down 21 percent from last year.

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