Day in history for September 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Messrs. Riley, Wright and Co. have bought out J.H. Kinney and intend to carry on all branches of the gas fitting business. They have a large stock of fixtures and doubtless will do a good business.

1881 -- 125 years ago
At a meeting in the courthouse last night, arrangements were made to hold memorial exercises for deceased President Garfield. A procession will make its way to the courthouse square where there will be devotional exercises.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Zinc bearing quartz has been found on several farms in Andalusia Township.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Albert F. Hyink, 1211 1/2 38th St., Rock Island, will direct the Business Girls' Club of the YWCA during the fall and winter, according to an announcement made today by Miss Carla Holtermann, Business Girls' secretary.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A new industry, which will prepare a frozen cookie product for national distribution, has begun operation in Rock Island. Dottie's Quickie Cookies are now being made at 529 41st St., formerly the site of Smith's Apple House.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Optimist Club has cancelled its plans to sponsor the Holiday on Ice performances in December because the venture has become a money-losing one. The Optimist Club has been hosting it for over 30 years.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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