Day in history for June 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Frazier, a brakeman on the Rock Island railroad, was killed near Joliet when he leaned out from the platform just as the car passed under a bridge. A timber struck his head. He leaves a wife and several children.

1879 -- 125 years ago
When a $35 skiff was stolen from Edward Stone at LeClaire, he hurried to Rock Island in time to see his skiff coming down the Mississippi. With Officer Brennan of Rock Island, he pursued the thieves in a sailboat and overtook them near the glass works. Occupants of the stolen skiff were a man, a woman and a boy.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The King's Daughters have a profit of $235 from the baby show they sponsored two afternoons this week at Turner Hall. The money will go into a fund to establish a home for old ladies.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Forty-eight men and women who have been circus fans 50 years or more will be the guests of The Argus at a performance of the John Robinson Circus.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Work on the leaky roof at the Rock Island County courthouse is scheduled to start next week. The Holmquist Co. of Moline has a contract to do the work for $5,687.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Seven Rock Island Lines cars derailed near 1400 3rd Ave., East Moline, about 8 p.m. Wednesday, doing about $10,000 damage to the rail and equipment. Another train derailment took place early this morning at 24th St. and 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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