Day in history for May 7, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
One of the most frightful disasters we ever witnessed occurred yesterday morning at the Mississippi Railroad Bridge. The steamboat Effie Afton had gone about 200 feet after entering the draw when the wind and current began to swing her around against the timbers of the bridge. She soon caught fire and the entire span crashed into the water.

1881 -- 125 years ago
According to the report of John Buford, treasurer of Central Presbyterian Church, receipts for the year ending April 1, 1881, were $3,134.34.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Brewers' Union today approved a contract with the breweries covering a period of two years.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Board of Education today cut $75,413.49 from annual expenses by slashing all salaries, eliminating kindergartens, dispensing with supervisors and modifying budgets for all special departments.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Today marks the 140th anniversary of the establishment of Fort Armstrong, now marked by a replica blockhouse and cannons on the Rock Island Arsenal Island.

1981 -- 25 years ago
More than 50 Black Hawk College teachers conducted informational picketing this morning at the school's Quad-City Campus to protest salary talks with the school administration.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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