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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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