Day in history for August 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A new post office has been established in Mercer County, near Farlo's Grove, called Viola, and J.F. Sheldon, Esq., has been appointed postmaster.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Justice David Hawes was appointed deputy coroner.

1906 -- 100 years ago
George Strohle returned from a three-week trip to Denver.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Moline officers in squad cars hurried to 2218 6th Ave. last night when an alarmed resident notified police headquarters that a man was prowling around with a flashlight, indicating a burglary might be in the offing. They prepared for the capture and surrounded the man only to discover that he was a fisherman hunting dew worms.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Bottles everywhere, but not a drop to drink. That's what confronted thieves who broke into a railroad car on a siding at the Ziffren Sales Agency, 122 3rd Ave., Moline, last night. They forced the seal only to be met with a view of an almost endless pile of beer cases, every last one of them empty.

1981 -- 25 years ago
An appealing apple pie baked by Lori Mullen, Orion, was selected as the best pie of 20 entries in the pie baking contest at the Henry County Fair. Later, the prize-winning pie was auctioned for $110 to the State Bank of Orion for the benefit of Winning Wheels, Inc., Prophetstown.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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