Day in history for September 6, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The masonry for the three Peoria Railroad bridges across Rock River was completed about noon Thursday. The contractors, Messrs. Aaulpaw and Barnard, commenced the work in April.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The advance brigade for the Barnum London allied show arrived here today. The performance will take place here on Sept. 28.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Playing with matches resulted in the death of Ida Chrin, aged 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Z. Chrin.

1931 -- 75 years ago
About 200 delegates arrived in Orion yesterday for the opening session of the Rock Island District Luther League Convention which will continue through today.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Maj. Gen. John L. Homer, Chicago, executive director of the Illinois Civil Defense Agency, will be the featured speaker at a joint meeting of the Rock Island Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs next Tuesday in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Robert Sonneville, general manager of the Playcrafters Barn Theater in Moline, thought he had found a way to stop vandals from stealing the letters from signs near the theater entrance at 50th St. and 35th Ave. He took a 36-by-32-inch chunk of 2-inch thick redwood and carved the theater's name into the wood. But that didn't stop the vandals. They took the whole sign.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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