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: 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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