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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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