Day in history for October 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The proposed Rock Island and Alton Railroad from St. Louis to Dubuque will pass through Preemption and just east of the city limits of both Rock Island and Davenport.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A new society paper known as ''Saturday Afternoon People'' was launched today in Davenport. S.S. Parr is editor and publisher.

1906 -- 100 years ago
George L. Weaver of Chicago, who succeeds Philip Briscoe as steward of the Rock Island Club, begins his duties Monday.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The ''Rockety-I of Retrospect,'' yearbook published by the junior class at Augustana College last year, has been awarded a ''first class honor rating-excellent'' in a contest conducted by the National Scholastic Press Assn.

1956 -- 50 years ago
No mad dashes to the hospital for Mrs. John King of Silvis. Mrs. King went to the office of Dr. Edmund Kean, East Moline, Tuesday to have a final checkup before going to the hospital to have her baby. The trip to the hospital was not necessary. The baby, a boy, was conveniently born in the doctor's office.

1981 -- 25 years ago
An old South State Street bridge spanning the Geneseo Creek collapsed after an auto struck it at 4:40 a.m. Saturday. The southbound car struck the bridge's superstructure on the east side, causing the bridge to cave in.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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