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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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