Day in history for April 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The first passenger train ever to run over the first and only railroad bridge across the Mississippi River was run from Rock Island Tuesday morning. William H. Whitman, assistant superintendent of the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad, acted as engineer.

1881 -- 125 years ago
``God in History'' was the sermon topic of the Rev. Irving A. Searles at the Christian Chapel.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Conductor R.C. Watkins of the Rock Island Lines returned from Panama after a two-month sojourn.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. John S. Neal, Decatur, formerly a minister of the Methodist Church who is to be ordained a deacon of the Episcopal Church, will come back to Rock Island May 1 to assume his duties as assistant to the Rev. Rodney F. Cobb, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Spring arrived today in Rock Island's hobo jungle and so did police. Officers rounded up seven Iowans, most of whom had been drinking wine, in an area along Sylvan Slough at the rear of the Rock Island Millwork Co.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District voted to raise fares May 1 to 50 cents for adults, students and children and to 25 cents for elderly and handicapped passengers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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