Day in history for May 22, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The telegraph wires are now in connection with Davenport via the bridge. Mr. Sweet, the superintendent, has been engaged for a week in replacing them, after they had been broken down by the falling of the bridge.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Victory went up the river this morning with a number of barges in tow.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Dr. Henry H. Chase died at his home last night from blood poisoning contracted in caring for a patient.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Yesterday marked the official opening of the final link in Route 84, state highway between Taylor Ridge and the Muscatine bridge, and the completion of a hard road route between Rock Island and the lower end of Rock Island County.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Moline firemen entered a bid with the City Council finance committee for pay raises, which with wages for the proposed addition of eight members, would amount to an estimated $45,000 hike in wage expense next year.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Machinery and memorabilia left over from the glory days of the Rock Island Lines will be auctioned off Saturday in Silvis. John Burnett, vice president of purchasing for the bankrupt railroad, said several auctions held at other Rock properties have been quite successful.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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