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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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