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: 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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