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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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