Day in history for September 2, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Sam Myers, late of the Chicago Theatre, informs us that he has fitted up LeClaire Hall in Davenport and will open tomorrow with a talented corps of actors in the play ''Uncle Tom's Cabin.''

1881 -- 125 years ago
Harry Abell of Rock Island received his commission as a second lieutenant in Company D, 14th battalion.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Argus received word that its new $10,000 double deck Duplex press was being shipped here from Battle Creek, Mich.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Paul A. Dahlen, 1534 29 1/2 St., Rock Island, recently elected director of the Rock Island YMCA, has been appointed chairman of the annual membership drive.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Gordon Roth of the Red Dot Potato Chip Co., 1223 5th Ave., Rock Island, told Rock Island police this morning that thieves who took a large quantity of unsaleable cheese popcorn last night should think twice before eating it. Roth warned that eating the substandard popcorn could make the eaters very sick.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline police are launching a new phase in their war against crime and they're counting on the press, businessmen and tipsters to join their ranks. Police Chief Thomas Smaha told the city council about plans under way since last December to start a Crime Stoppers program in Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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