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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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