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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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