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 Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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