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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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