Day in history for July 31, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The bulk of those seeking homes in the far west are men of strong and powerful bodies, with a determination to break the soil and till the wild land, thus improving and enhancing the value of their property and that of their neighbors.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Eva Simons, six-year-old daughter of John Simons of Illinois City, was bitten by a rattlesnake and died a few hours later.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. O.W. Lawrence and family left last evening for Colorado where they will camp in the mountains.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The work of installing the Dr. C.E. Lindberg memorial pipe organ in the Augustana Seminary Chapel is progressing rapidly and plans are being made for the dedication in October.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The new Soviet magazine, USSR Information Bulletin, has made its bow on American newsstands, but from all indications, the Quad-City area is ''out of bounds.'' None of the public libraries in the area expects to receive a copy. News dealers said they have placed no orders.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Buoyed by a fifth-place finish, their highest ever, in the 30-corps Drum Corps Midwest Championships Saturday night in DeKalb, the Knights Drum and Bugle Corps is preparing for the ''Knights Radiothon'' Saturday on WGEN radio in Geneseo.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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