Day in history for April 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island as a manufacturing and commercial city is rapidly becoming known to outsiders, and people from abroad begin to cast their eyes towards us as the depot for the wholesale supplies.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Word was received here that Judge J.W. Drury, a former Rock Island resident, married Miss S.E. Garvin of Buffalo in St. Augustine, Fla.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. D.L. McNary, pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church, is to resign his charge at the end of this year.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The clatter of hammers sounded on the banks of the Mississippi River this morning as workmen began the erection of temporary office and shop buildings on the site of the $1,326,000 Rock Island locks project.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Al Szasz copped two of three falls Saturday night to defeat Mr. and Mrs. Mario DeZousa in the first husband-wife wrestling show ever presented at Moline's Wharton Fieldhouse. In the semi-windup Bill Melby defeated Iron Mike DiBiase when the latter was disqualified.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Mill Creek Country Club will host Frank Krone Day Tuesday to honor the veteran Quad-City referee. Krone has officiated sports in the area for the last 26 years.

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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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