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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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