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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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