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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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