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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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