Day in history for September 3, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The number of deaths in the city of Rock Island for the eight months ending Aug. 31 are as follows: January, 1 adult, 3 children; February, 3 adults, 3 children; March, 4 adults, 5 children; April, 1 adult, 4 children; May, 3 adults, 4 children; June, 2 adults, 3 children; July, 5 adults, 10 children; August, 7 adults, 13 children.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Harper's Theater was packed last night, the occasion being the appearance of Buffalo Bill and his company in ''The Prairie Wolf.''

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mayor Levi has been appointed secretary of the Rock Island Industrial Commission.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Plans and specifications for the roller gate dam at Rock Island, which is to be built at a cost of between $6 million and $7 million, have been completed by the United States War Department.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Ray W. Osterman, president of the Rock Island Bank and Trust Co., is scheduled for questioning in what was described today as a ''routine'' investigation of Gov. William J. Stratton's tenure as state treasurer, 1950 to 1952.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Sohrbeck's, one of the oldest continuously operated drug stores in the nation, will close next month. The store has been in business in Moline since 1847. Retiring owner George Young has owned it since 1941.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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