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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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