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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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