Day in history for August 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The most elegant coach in this city is the new one just received for Farnam House. It was manufactured at the celebrated Downing's Coach Factory, Concord, N.H., and cost about $800.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Marion McCreery, wife of R.D. McCreery of Rural, died Thursday evening aged 40. She leaves a husband and seven children.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The County Bar Association appointed a committee to arrange for a memorial to the late Colonel E.J. Searle.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Rodney F. Cobb, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rock Island, left this morning to attend a convention of the Episcopal Church.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Bill Smith, possibly the greatest amateur wrestler in the United States, last night was declared ineligible and barred from further AAU competition for the rest of his life. Smith received $400 as wrestling coach at Rock Island High School last year. This makes him a professional.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Seven area residents have been arrested following a five-month probe into the theft and resale of hundreds of cartons of cigarettes. The investigation centered on several Rock Island taverns and was conducted by the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Rock Island Police Department and the Illinois Liquor Commission.

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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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