Day in history for April 6, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Next Monday and thereafter we are to have three passenger trains of cars to Chicago every day. The Lightning train will run to Chicago in seven hours.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Jesse M.L. Speck, 19, was struck by an engine in the yards of the Rock Island Railroad yesterday and killed. He had been serving as a brakeman. His parents live in Virginia.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Fire at the Sylvan Steel Works resulted in a loss of $3,000 yesterday.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The mercury climbed toward the 70-degree mark today as the Quad-City area basked in the warmest day of the Spring season thus far.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Chicago Atty. Robert J. Gorman said he would ask the state of Illinois for as much as $160,000 to square things with the man who was sentenced in 1940 for a Rock Island robbery he didn't commit. Roy E. Eaton was freed Wednesday on the order of Circuit Judge Leonard E. Telleen after State's Atty. Bernard J. Moran presented proof of the man's innocence.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A fire broke out about 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the basement of a 100-year-old building at 601 15th St., Moline. Fidencio Barajas owns the building, which houses C.T. Locks restaurant, Emmett's Pub, and two second-floor apartments.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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