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: 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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