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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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