Day in history for June 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Railroads were employing stomach pumps at depots across the country. They were used to clear the passengers of any alcohol they might have in them.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A complimentary concert was given by D. Roy Bowlby in Harper's Theater. Rudolph Mora, prima soprano, and her husband Signor Carlo Mora, celebrated pianist, from the Alexendrai Palace in London, were on the program.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Harry S. Beeney, a veteran of the Civil War, died in his home in Drury Township.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Lutheran Synodical Council petitioned that Augustana College and Augustana Theological Seminary, for 70 years conducted as one institution, be separated.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Damage was done to trees in Geneseo during the high wind about 2:30 p.m. yesterday. City employees were busy cleaning up the debris.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A grease fire did more than $3,000 damage to the A And W Root Beer Drive-In about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Owner Todd Morris said the fire on the grill destroyed the kitchen's exhaust system and did smoke damage throughout the enclosed portion of the drive-in.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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