Day in history for October 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Frank H. Smith, proprietor of the City Hotel, has made a number of changes in the appearance of his premises. In a three-story brick addition will be an eating saloon.

1881 -- 125 years ago
General Hoffman left for St. Louis to attend a waterways convention.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The student body of Augustana College rebelled this morning and refused to attend classes as a result of action taken by the board of directors, who held that they had no authority to modify the decision of the synod regarding the playing of intercollegiate athletic contests and basketball.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The four Vroman brothers, Henry, Edward, Albert and Harry, all of Edgington Township, will pick corn in the annual husking contest of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau next Saturday at the P.L. Metzler farm in Rural Township.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A three-acre grass fire in Babcock Addition was the seventh fire in two weeks in the rural area surrounding Silvis. The fire started at 11:50 a.m. in the 10th Ave. section of Babcock when a housewife started to burn papers in an open incinerator.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The National Safety Council of the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded first place to Hammond-Henry District Hospital, Geneseo, in the 1980 Hospital Safety contest.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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