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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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