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: 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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