Day in history for August 15, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
All persons who feel disposed to aid in the organization of an efficient fire company are requested to meet at the courthouse on Friday, August 17, at 8 o'clock.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A meeting of citizens will be held tomorrow afternoon to discuss ways and means of establishing a hospital.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Street car employees participated in an excursion on the steamer ''J.S.'' this evening.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Lantern Parade held last evening in Long View Park tooks its place as one of the largest projects sponsored by the Rock Island Playground and Recreation Commission this year when 437 children carried lighted lanterns through the winding roadways of the park.

1956 -- 50 years ago
That vacant lot on 19th St., Moline, for years popularly referred to as the ''Consumer's property,'' which provided the best sledding in town and was suggested for use as a new high school site early in 1953, came into the news again, this time as the site for a proposed public park.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The 256-acre Giant Goose Reserve, a mile east of Atkinson on U.S. 6, is 15 years old and shelters deer, ducks, raccoon and quail as well as the ''giant'' Canada Goose. The Izaak Walton League now owns the reserve and is trying to pay a $60,000 debt it accumulated in buying it.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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