Day in history for May 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We publish this morning, a notice for the dedication of the new Presbyterian Church next Sunday. The attendance will be very large and the services interesting.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The glass works was destroyed by fire Saturday night. The fire was discovered by George Kelly, furnace tender. The insurance aggregated $40,000. It is said the plant will be rebuilt.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. and Mrs. Sam Peterson, who live in a cabin boat, discovered the body of the late Mrs. J.W. Rauth, who drowned near the Milan bridges on the night of March 27.

1931 -- 75 years ago
''Many surprising recommendations,'' according to Rep. Harry M. McCaskrin, Rock Island, will be contained in the report of the committee to visit penal institutions, which inspected Chester penitentiary and the state farm at Vandalia this week.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Production workers at Moline Pressed Steel Corp., East Moline, manufacturers of Buddy L toys, went out on strike this morning.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The phone booth, like the one in which Clark Kent would turn into Superman, is on the way out in favor of smaller, more durable walk-up units. The old-style booths were more fragile and more expensive.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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