Day in history for July 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Envoy, Capt. Campbell, from St. Louis, with a large cargo of freight for Galena, ran a rock on the Upper Rapids Wednesday morning and sank almost immediately.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A farm hand by the name of Swigert, working for James Betty of Bowling Township, died of heat prostration. The horse Swigert was driving to plow also died of the heat.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Julius Mosenfelder, veteran grocery dealer, is to retire after a half century's business career. He was 84 years old on June 21.

1931 -- 75 years ago
There are good prospects for a fairly large apple crop in Rock Island County this fall, John R. Spencer, adviser of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau said today.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Alma Alfred Pitcher, 79, of 1118 5th Ave., Moline, first woman barber in Rock Island County, was dead on arrival at 8 last night at Moline Public Hospital. She had been ill for several months.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline city officials were redfaced, and one slightly injured, this week as city employees tested a new high-rise rescue bag. Lois Olberts, Mayor Robert Anderson's secretary, was injured Wednesday when she jumped from the roof of the Moline Emergency Center onto the bag about 30 feet below.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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