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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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