Day in history for May 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Saturday morning the C. And R.I. Railroad brought to this city a company of Mormons, numbering 530. They landed in Boston and are on their way to Utah, via Iowa City and Council Bluffs.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. J.B.T. Patterson of Ohio has been called to the pastorate of the First Baptist Church, his salary to be $1,000 a year.

1906 -- 100 years ago
It has been decided to locate a children's playground in Long View Park.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Estimated income for the city of Rock Island for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1932, has been placed at $977,989.29 in a report by Martin T. Rudgren, City Clerk.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Roger Carlson, Augustana College student living in Andreen Hall, owns a ricksha. He left it to be repaired at Midwest Cycle Supply, 3708 14th Ave., Rock Island, and it was stolen from beside the building.

1981 -- 25 years ago
James Foley says Rock Island's empty Lincoln School is a piece of history and he wants to give it a new lease on life. Foley, owner of Foley Partners General Contractors, placed the high bid of $30,000 when the school was auctioned off this weekend. The school board will decide Tuesday whether to accept Foley's bid for the school, 6th Ave. and 21st St.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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