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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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