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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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