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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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