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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."

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