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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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