Day in history for June 15, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
About 200 gentlemen and ladies came to this city yesterday from Chicago and Wisconsin on an excursion party.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The eighth annual commencement of the high school was held last night at Harper's Theater. The closing oration was by Miss Nettie B. Hayden.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Fire in the basement of the Crystal Theater building resulted in a loss of $150.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana Lutheran Synod stripped the board of directors of Augustana College and Theological Seminary of some of its power, providing that in the future the president of the college and the regular theological professors are to be elected by the synod rather than by the directors.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Two Moline police sergeants got the checkered flag in an impromptu race early today in downtown Moline. The next lap will be run with Magistrate Fred L. Nelson deciding the winner when Richard VanTiegham, 24, appears before him Monday on a careless driving complaint.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline's downtown area will be taking on a new look with the installation of 63 banners. The Quad-City Development Group bought 15 ''Quad-Cities USA'' banners, and the Downtown Moline Association bought 48 Metro Center banners.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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