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: 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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