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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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