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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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