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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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