Day in history for August 1, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We are pleased to learn that W.C. Goudy, Esq., an eminent champion of democracy, has been nominated for the state senate from Fulton and McDonough Counties.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Milan Distillery was destroyed by fire late this evening with a loss at $30,000.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Union Electric telephone girls enjoyed an excursion last night on the steamer ''W.W.''

1931 -- 75 years ago
Ten thousand bugs, more or less, went to their death when cyanide gas was turned on in the City Hall shortly after noon today. The hall will not be opened until Monday when the gas will be driven out.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Work has started on improvements at Garnesey Square, Rock Island, to make it available in its entirety as a city playground area. J.I. Case Co. has relinquished portions of the square which plant employees had been using as a parking lot since the days of World War II.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Nine-year-old Tim Puckett of Carbon Cliff says that his favorite drink is Coca-Cola. Thanks to Coca-Cola, and a bit of good luck, Puckett and his family are $1,000 richer. Puckett was the winner of Coca-Cola's bottle cap contest, in which Coke drinkers try to collect caps with the words ''Coke, It's The Real Thing'' printed inside.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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