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: 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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