Day in history for July 8, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Dr. VanZandt has taken an office in Charles Buford's block, directly opposite the post office, where he will wait upon those who desire his professional services.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Martin Henshaw, at work on the streets, was overcome with the heat. He was taken home and is reported to have recovered this morning.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Frank D. Taylor, manager of the Rock Island Lumber And Manufacturing Co., resigned to accept a similar position with the Shaw Land And Lumber Co. of Davenport.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The first autogyro to land in the Quad-Cities came down at the Moline airport this morning. The pilot, on his way from Philadelphia to Seattle, chose Moline as a refueling stop.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Thirteen cases of pint bottles of beer and an undetermined amount of beer in smaller bottles were reported stolen from the Block Service Co., 131 20th St., Rock Island. An inventory was scheduled today to determine the exact amount and value of the property removed.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Moline City Council will honor retiring police Capt. Arthur Gustus at its Tuesday meeting. Capt. Gustus has served 35 years on the force and during that time he missed duty just once because of an illness.

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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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