Day in history for August 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
At Franckel's may be found a new lot of A No. 1 cigars, also chewing tobacco at 80 cents per pound.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Biegl's Band seranaded The Argus last night, playing many popular airs.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The executive committee of the Old Settler's Assn. passed a resolution in favor of restoring and preserving the home of the late Col. George Davenport on Arsenal Island. Cooperation of citizens is requested.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Jewelry valued at $1,000 is missed from the home of George H. McDonald, assistant general counsel of the Modern Woodmen of America. At no time, Mr. McDonald said, did the house appear to have been entered by burglars, for there was no evidence of ransacking.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Roaring flames of a spectacular gas fire flared high into the air at 21st St. and 5th Ave., Rock Island, this morning until utility workmen could shut off the supply to a broken gas main. Damage was estimated at $25,000. Hundreds of spectators watched the fire until it was subdued.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Teresia Ward, Colona, has at least 11 reasons to grin about her birthday today. She was born 11 years ago, at 11:11 p.m. on Aug. 11, and it was her father's birthday. Teresia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Ward.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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