Day in history for August 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A night or two ago some house breakers entered the house of Mr. Thomas Giddison and stole $25 from the pocket of Mr. F.M. Buckles while he was sleeping.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Friends of Ald. M.S. O'Neill surprised him last night on the occasion of his 37th birthday. City Atty. Parks presented the alderman with a gold mounted ebony cane.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. H.H. Cleaveland entertained last evening at an informal musicale.

1931 -- 75 years ago
With the Mississippi River at a low stage equaling the all time August record, Quad-City residents experienced the novelty of walking on the river bed from the Rock Island Arsenal Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Results of the examination, held in Moline City Hall, to select a candidate to fill the vacancy of assistant chief of police will be announced Wednesday. Four applicants took the examination. They are Sgts. Paul Anderson, Charles Larson and Steve Rogenski and Traffic Lt. Ray Kinkead.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Work resumed today on two Quad-City Airport construction projects slowed last week by union members sympathetic to the striking air traffic controllers. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization Local 371 President Jeff Irwin said the union's picket line was moved away from the construction sites.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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