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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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