Day in history for May 16, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The number of substantial buildings in process of construction in Rock Island far exceeds that of any former season.

1881 -- 125 years ago
There were six prisoners in the county jail today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Judge Ramsey ordered an injunction to issue against the City of Rock Island, restraining the officers from destroying the property of the Central Union Telephone Co. The company can now proceed with the work of installing telephones.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The man who trailed Carl ''Cully'' Carlson, bank robber and slayer of two policemen, to the spot where Carlson was captured in Chicago was in Rock Island yesterday furthering an investigation of the Lafayette and Neponset, Ill., bank holdups. He is Leonard Benson of Waukegan, 37-year-old Burns detective.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Central Junior High School and Sacred Heart School will be awarded flags for their outstanding efforts in Cleanup Week, according to John P. Moran, chairman of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce's fire prevention and clean-up committee.

1981 -- 25 years ago
About 175 former employees of the Sturtevant Dairy, which closed 11 years go, will gather at the Rock Island Arsenal cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. for their first reunion.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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