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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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