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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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