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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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