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: 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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