Day in history for June 1, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Lightning Express train, via the Michigan Central, Great Western, Canandaugua, Elmira, and New York, and Erie Railroad roads has commenced running, connecting with trains on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroads.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Burglars who attempted to enter Battles' grocery store last night were scared off by a Mr. Summers.

1906 -- 100 years ago
H.L. Ames, treasurer of the National Farmers' Congress, told Rock Island Club members it is anticipated that the coming session of the congress to be held here in October will be the largest in the history of the organization.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County officials will go to Springfield tomorrow to present their views to members of the legislature concerning pending legislation which affects county finances.

1956 -- 50 years ago
One truck driver was plunged 25 feet into the black waters of the Mississippi and another escaped unharmed about 2:30 this morning when a 160-foot section of the 65-year-old Muscatine bridge collapsed.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The newly redecorated gift shop at Lutheran Hospital, operated by members of the hospital auxiliary, has been opened. Nancy B. Coin, Bettendorf decorator, designed the shop.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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