Day in history for July 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The case of a Mr. Miller from New Orleans, whose body was found July 17 in the Mississippi River, has been undergoing a most searching examination. Yesterday we heard that the three persons who went to the river with him were held on bail for $1,000 each.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. J.B.S. Patterson preached at the First Baptist Church today on ''Christ Glorified in His Disciples.''

1906 -- 100 years ago
The district convention of the Liquor Dealer Protective Association was in Turner Hall.

1931 -- 75 years ago
W.B. Walter, owner of a garage and filling station on Williams and Main Streets, Milan, was severely burned about his legs and the tips of his fingers yesterday afternoon when the gasoline he was pumping into the tank of a customer's truck caught fire and enveloped him in flames.

1956 -- 50 years ago
''We are living in one of the garden spots of the world,'' George Trull, Rock Island County Farm Adviser, told the Rock Island Kiwanis Club yesterday, but warned that this may not always be so.

1981 -- 25 years ago
An 18-year battle between the Bible Missionary Institute, 3501 46th Ave., Rock Island, and nearby residents over the school's expansion plans came to a head in court today and will be settled soon by a judge.

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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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