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 Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.

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