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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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