Day in history for June 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The citizens of Rock Island and vicinity are requested to meet together at the courthouse this Saturday evening at 7 to make preliminary arrangments to celebrate our national anniversary.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A thief took $5 in change from the till of W. Trouble, a saloon keeper on the levee.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Employees of the Tri-City Railway Company reached an amicable agreement with the company. The scale is to be 21 and 22 cents an hour. The employees had voted to strike if their wage demands were not met.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., filed suit in Reno, Nevada, charging that his wife, the former Mary Davidson Weir Logan of Davenport, Iowa, and Chicago, had treated him with extreme cruelty.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Truck drivers for ready-mix concrete firms in the Rock Island area returned to work. The four-week strike of drivers against five firms ended when union and company officials ratified a new two-year contract calling for a 22-cent an hour increase for ready-mix drivers.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Roy J. Carver, the Muscatine businessman who parlayed $100 into an estimated $200 million, died Tuesday night of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Marbella, Spain. He was 71.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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