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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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