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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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