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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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