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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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