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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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