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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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