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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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