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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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