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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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