Day in history for June 6, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Simser has opened a new sale and feed stable in Rock Island in the alley near the Empire Saloon.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A ''haunted'' house on 1st Avenue was the topic of a great deal of local conversation.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Thomas W. Jenkins, a pioneer of this county, died at his home in Moline. He was born in Mayville, N.Y., in 1834. At an early age he settled here and entered the employ of Churchill and Sweeney, wagon manufacturers.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Cast iron pipe of 24-inch diameter to be used in the new transfer main between the water works pumping plant and the city reservoir and filtration plant will cost the city of Rock Island approximately $25,453.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An East Moline student has won a Gregg Speed Expert Award for writing shorthand at 175 words a minute on Congressional Record material with 98 percent accuracy. Loretta Wheeler was presented a medal at the Moline Institute of Commerce this morning.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Meet Lucy Miele who today becomes a weekly columnist for The Daily Dispatch. Lucy was a city gal who found happiness when she left Chicago and settled on a farm near Stockton, whence she sends stories of her experiences and tosses in a few opinions.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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