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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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