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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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