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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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