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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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