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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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