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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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