Day in history for June 23, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Monday morning we counted 13 steamboats at our levee, besides the two ferry boats.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Among relics recently received by the Rock Island Arsenal was a piece of artillery bearing the inscription, ''surrendered by the corporation of Yorktown, Oct. 16, 1781,'' with the motto, ''Dieu et mon droit.''

1906 -- 100 years ago
Ardo Mitchell and J.D. Cady have returned from Omaha, Neb., where they attended the trans-Mississippi Golf Tournament.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Fire hose, which many times in the past in Rock Island has been a storm center when its purchase has risen, threw the Rock Island City Council into a conflict last night that had many of the elements of controversies of other Councils.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Harold C. Johnson, Moline, was elected president of the Illinois Funeral Directors Assn. at the 76th annual convention in the Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago. Johnson is associated with Esterdahl Mortuary, Moline.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Knights Drum And Bugle Corps will leave today on the first of two major tours of this season. The longest tour in the history of the Knights Corps will be the 19-day, 11-contest journey to the West Coast, including a parade and July 6 concert in Disneyland.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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