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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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