Day in history for April 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The great draw is so near completed that it can now be closed. A few days more of good weather and trains will pass the bridge.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The following are the incorporators of a proposed street railway to Moline: S.W. McMaster and I. Huber of Rock Island; Nelson Chester and J.T. Browning of Moline, and D.A. McGugin of Davenport.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At a meeting of the Rock Island Retail Merchant's Assn. Monday evening the main address was delivered by the Rev. O.W. Lawrence, pastor of the Memorial Christian Church.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Harry E. Holler, general superintendent of the Brady-Waxenburg store, 2nd Ave. and 17th St., Rock Island, was killed at 2:15 when he was crushed between a freight elevator and the wall of the shaft.

1956 -- 50 years ago
John Hauberg and Horace Mann are among the names that have been suggested for the new elementary school to be built in southeastern Rock Island in the current $2,800,000 school expansion program.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Two weeks ago, crews began digging a trench along the west side of 7th Street, East Moline, for the new water lines. Buried about three feet deep were hundreds of bottles in what they believe was once an old dumping ground.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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