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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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