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: 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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