Day in history for May 3, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
It seems to us that something is wrong at the gas works. The offensive odor is almost intolerable.

1881 -- 125 years ago
R.R. Cable, general manager of the Rock Island Railroad, was a guest last night at the Harper House.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At the national conference of the United Christian Party, held at the Watch Tower Inn yesterday, William R. Benkert of Davenport was reelected chairman.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School stenographic team won first place in the team and individual classes of the Big Nine stenographic contest at Moline High School. Ethel Greenblatt, 824 19th St., Rock Island, won first place in the individual competition.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island public school students purchase over $1,000 a month in United States savings stamps through their schools. According to John J. McCarthy, Rock Island postmaster, the students have purchased about $5,500 in stamps since Jan. 1.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Greg Krumdieck, 17, 926 32nd Ave., Moline, has collected nearly 100 caps during the past three years. He started the collection because his father had brought home some caps from his business trips. The Alleman High School junior is the son of George and Mary Krumdieck.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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