Day in history for August 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We have seen some very fine catfish, forty or fifty pounds, caught in the river.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The reunion of the 112th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, at Cambridge yesterday was largely attended. The address of welcome was by Col. A.R. Mock.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Misses Maureen and Regenia Blake have returned from Minnesota where they spent five weeks.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Residents of the lower end of Rock Island County and a delegation representing the Retail Bureau of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce joined in a happy get together event last evening at the Pine Bluff Methodist Church, west of Illinois City on Highway 84.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A recent Department of the Army directive sent to all Army commands in the Quad-City area directs that as a part of the long-range change in military uniform, the switch from the traditional russet or brown low-quarter shoes with socks to match will be abolished, starting Sept 1, in favor of black shoes and socks.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Purchase of a group of three weekly newspapers in the West Los Angeles area was announced today by Jean Alice Small, president of the Small Newspaper Group. The publications, the Pacific Palisades Post, Brentwood Post and North Shore Mail, have a combined circulation of 27,000.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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