Day in history for May 8, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The span of the great railroad bridge, which was burned at the Effie Afton disaster, we suppose, cannot be replaced until the river falls. The loss to the railroad company cannot be less than about $20,000.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The graduating class of Rock Island High School presented the school with a picture of Longfellow today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. James Carl left this morning for Memphis, Tenn., to attend the convention of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Time-worn yellowed pages of family albums and papers preserved almost since the great plains states were settled by pioneers have revealed to H.E. Wendell, 115 16th Ave., Rock Island, veteran employee of the Tri-City Railway Co., his right to claim a share of the famous Wendell estate of many millions of dollars in New York.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An extensive improvement program, estimated at $50,000, is scheduled for Chippiannock Cemetery in Rock Island, following reorganization of its controlling association.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Either Rock Island is going to the dogs or dogs are not man's best friend. Five Rock Island residents were bitten by dogs in separate incidents Thursday, and one man had his dog stolen.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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