Day in history for August 6, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The fire engine, hose cart and hose for this city was shipped from the manufactory on July 10 and should have arrived here before this.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Diamond Jo passed up today with a boat load of passengers and freight.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. and Mrs. J. Sumner Stone of New York were guests yesterday of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McHugh. They are taking a trip around the world, sailing from San Francisco on Aug. 14.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A fire burning far down in the ground offered the Rock Island fire department a stubborn 9-hour battle last night in the dump east of 26th St. and 15th Ave.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A big ''Bingo'' sign hanging outside a Rock Island theater is ''intriguing'' to State's Atty. Bernard J. Moran. The prosecutor told a reporter he is ''interested'' in knowing what kind of bingo, if any, is being played at Brotman's Rialto Theater, 624 9th St. Bingo in its various forms has been outlawed in the county since a crackdown of several years ago.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Jamie Witherspoon has caught lots of frogs before, but none quite like this. Jamie and his father, Milton, found a five-legged critter while fishing on the Rock River this week. The frog uses the extra leg to boost himself when he jumps.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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