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.

Back: Available days in May 2006

Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

(More History)