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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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