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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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