Day in history for May 4, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The old Boston Market is at last going. Mr. J.H. Farwell has purchased it and intends to repair it and occupy it as a shop for his business. It is located on Eagle St., below this office.

1881 -- 125 years ago
It was announced today that Sell's Circus would visit Rock Island early next month.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Miss Maud Young of Rock Island took second place in the oratorical contest of the Military Tract Assn. held at Galesburg this morning. Her subject: ''Helen Keller.''

1931 -- 75 years ago
An outing for pupils of the Grand View School, Atkinson, ended in tragedy at noon today when the teacher and two of her pupils were killed instantly as they were trapped on the Rock Island Lines bridge across Spring Creek by the eastbound Rocky Mountain Limited.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island took time out for sentiment last night as about two hundred friends of Mel H. Hodge helped him observe completion of 30 years of service as the city's playground and recreation director.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Beverly Pepper, considered one of the five most prominent American artists at work overseas, is working with Deere Foundry employees to create several ductile iron sculptures.

Back: Available days in May 2006



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

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.








(More History)