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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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