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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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