Day in history for July 10, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The engine, ''Whartin,'' of the great Fremont Free Fizzle Railroad Co., ran off the track and landed on a lot of old store boxes and barrels, and then keeled over.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Argus announced that news from Washington was to the effect that President Garfield, who was wounded by an assassin, continued to improve.

1906 -- 100 years ago
There are 42 children at Bethany Home.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Construction work on the rollergate dam and the Davenport intercepting sewer and sea wall may start on or about Sept. 1.

1956 -- 50 years ago
One of the Doolittle raiders, George Barr of East Moline, yesterday told Moline Rotary Club his experiences in the bombing of Japan and subsequent capture and torture by the Japanese. Barr, formerly an Air Corps captain, now is an engineering draftsman at the U.S. Corps of Engineers on Arsenal Island.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A Brinks security guard shot in the arm during a hold-up at a Davenport bank this morning is alive today because another bullet fired at him was deflected by a lighter he was carrying. Jerry L. Reimers, 37, of Rock Island, was delivering money in the basement of Brenton First National Bank, 1600 Brady St., about 9:30 a.m. when two men tried to rob him.

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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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