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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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