Day in history for May 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A large raft which was broken up by one of the bridge piers on Wednesday belongs to Mr. Buchanan of Galena, a lumber dealer.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Fire Department participated in a fireman's parade in Davenport today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Last night the members of the senior class of Augustana College were entertained at the home of Dr. E.F. Bartholomew.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Looking ahead to the time when it shall be deemed advisable to proceed with the building of a Catholic central high school to serve the parishes of Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Milan and Silvis, title has been acquired by the Diocese of Peoria to a large plot of ground just south of Lincoln Park and east of 40th Street, Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The 53-foot flag pole in Spencer Square still will be used to fly flags in Rock Island. City Engineer Pete A. Pakey said today that the pole will be moved to the site of the new municipal swimming pool in Long View Park.

1981 -- 25 years ago
It weighs 60 tons, travels at up to 45 miles an hour, never needs an oil change and costs $1.5 million. The M1 Abrams is the first new tank the Army has introduced in 25 years. The tank arrived Monday on Arsenal Island.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.

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