Day in history for June 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Patrick Hand, Rock Island, advertised in The Argus that he was available for house painting and wall papering for $2 a day.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A boxcar belonging to the Cincinnati, Hamilton And Dayton Railroad Co. was on exhibit here. The boxcar was 33 feet long, had a carrying capacity of 36,000 pounds, weighed 22,500 pounds and was built in Ohio. At the time it was the largest railroad car ever made.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The California delegation to the head camp of the Modern Woodmen of America, to be held in Milwaukee, arrived here to spend the day. There were 80 persons in the visiting party and a visit was made to the national headquarters.

1930 -- 75 years ago
An entertainment center, designed to utilize the latest development in radio broadcasting and television, was established in Midtown Manhatten by John D. Rockefeller.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Foda Crawford, 12, of Milan, yesterday had her first haircut. She parted with her 40-inch strands of dark chestnut hair in the first step towards her first permanent.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Whiteside County's new jail, now ready to open, has attracted some informal glances as a possible place for Rock Island County to house some of its juvenile inmates.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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