Day in history for August 2, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
About 11 p.m. last night a fire broke out in a small building next to Capt. Cook's lumber yard.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Rev. J.C. Holliday was elected president of the Rock Island Bible Society.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Miss Bertha Hodges, formerly of Rock Island, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hodges, will be married in Chicago tonight to James W. Edenburn.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A large crowd is expected at the annual picnic of the Rock Island Boat Club. Highlighting the program will be an aquatic exhibition by Walter Freeman, former Rock Island swimming star, who held a record for swimming the Mississippi River between Davenport and Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Moline police were ready for the worst about 3 this morning when they got an urgent telephone message from a woman living near the edge of the Highland area. She reported a ''big fight'' going on in the alley. Officers Les Misfeldt and Jerry Peterson reported a few minutes later: ''We broke it up and sent them on their way, it was a couple of cats.''

1981 -- 25 years ago
Tony and Joe Chinn, 3495 27th Ave., Moline, have one of the largest beer can collections in the Quad-Cities. Together, they have nearly 6,000 beer cans. Both have permanent collections and collections used for trading.

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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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