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: 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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