Day in history for June 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The splendid, fast and safe passenger steamer Greek Slave will run during the season between Rock Island and Galena.

1881 -- 125 years ago
City Marshal Miller collected about $110 from dog owners.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Royal Neighbors of America received an acknowledgement of the boxes of clothing the society sent to San Francisco for the victims of the earthquake.

1931 -- 75 years ago
George Coeman, 411 37 1/2 St., Moline, received a fracture of his hip at 11 o'clock this morning when he fell from a ladder while picking cherries.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The largest slingshot ever encountered by Rock Island police is being held by the Youth Division. The ''weapon'' weighs seven pounds, is five-and-a-half feet high, and measures two-and-a-half feet between the forks. Police found the slingshot in a lot on 4th Ave. between 8th and 9th Sts. after Mrs. Ruth Williams, 822 3rd Ave., complained that the windshield of her car had been broken by a rock.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Silvis firemen continued to work on storage silos at the John Deere Foundry Tuesday afternoon and today. One silo was damaged in a small explosion Tuesday morning, and two others began to smoulder. At least one continued to smoulder today.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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