Day in history for October 25, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A violent rain storm accompanied by unusually high winds yesterday blew down chimneys, light structures, signs and several flags.

1881 -- 125 years ago
B.T. Cable arrived from the east this week.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Former Senator W.E. Mason addressed an audience at the Illinois Theater several days ago, filling the place of Senator Cummins of Iowa. C.J. Searle presided.

1931 -- 75 years ago
With a bumper crop of 31,000 bushels of apples to handle, G. Leslie Smith, proprietor of Smith's Apple House, 529 41st St., Rock Island, is spending $5,000 this fall for a building addition and the installation of new machinery.

1956 -- 50 years ago
If news coverage runs up to par, Adlai Stevenson's overnight stop in Rock Island will net about 80,000 words. That has been about the amount of copy turned out by the hoard of newsmen accompanying the top Democratic candidate. Ten additional telewriters have been installed by Western Union in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Inlander-Steindler Paper Co. has expanded its Quad-Cities operation with a move to River Valley Industrial Park, Milan. The Midwestern wholesale company, headquartered in Elk Grove Village, opened a branch in Rock Island in 1962 with the purchase of Shocker Paper Co.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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