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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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