Day in history for July 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Brigham Co. Ice Dealers are now prepared to furnish the citizens of Rock Island with ice.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The wharfage question is attracting much attention here as at present the St. Louis and St. Paul Lines are landing free of expense.

1906 -- 100 years ago
M.W. Campbell, former city editor of The Argus, left last night for his old home near Independence, Iowa. He goes from there to Ottumwa to begin duties as editor of the Courier.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The 241st anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne, when William of Orange conquered the forces of his father-in-law, James II, king of England, became a holiday for several thousand persons today when the annual observance of the historic conflict was held in Lipton's Grove, two miles north of Preemption.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A bill providing for a 30-year extension of the toll franchise on the Rock Island Centennial Bridge to permit multi-million dollar approach improvements was signed this morning by President Dwight Eisenhower.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Marguerite Potter, deceased president of the company which publishes the Rock Island Argus, left an estate exceeding $7.5 million in liquid assets and shares of the Potter family newspaper and broadcasting company.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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