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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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