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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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