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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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