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: 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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