Day in history for November 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A barge of the steamer Metropolitan came down the river several days ago, struck the draw pier at the bridge and swung around against the pier on the north side. One man was knocked overboard and drowned and several were injured.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A small blaze at the Harper House was soon extinguished last night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. John Streckfus Monday will entertain at a pink dinner in honor of their daughter, Miss Lillian.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Playcrafters, Rock Island's little theater group, have completed rehearsals and are ready to present Booth Tarkington's play, ''The Trysting Place,'' at the Fort Theater for three nights beginning tomorrow.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A gas war was developing in Rock Island and Moline today as several of the major companies asked their dealers to drop the price of gas from two to three cents a gallon. The depressed prices for most stations participating in the feud were still at 27.9 cents a gallon for regular and 30.9 for premium.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island councilmen voted 5-2 Monday to transfer .8 of an acre to the Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council Inc., which plans to spend $500,000 building a 7,000 square-foot office structure next to the Spencer Towers senior citizen public housing complex.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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