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 estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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