Day in history for October 26, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A blacksmith's shop in Moline was consumed by fire Thursday night. Firemen found it difficult to save a sash and chair factory and other buildings nearby.

1881 -- 125 years ago
At a meeting of the Rock Island Bible Society today, Nathan M. Brown was appointed to make a canvass of the county.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Members of Ucal Lodge No. 608, Odd Fellows and Eudora Rebecca Lodge No. 181 will hold a reception Nov. 1 in honor of the Rock Island Odd Fellows baseball team which won the trophy cup from the Moline club.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Permission for the removal of radio station WHBF to new quarters in the Harms Hotel, 100 18th St., Rock Island, has been received by the operator of the station from the federal radio commission.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Plans were announced today for a new $175,000 addition to Alleman High School, Rock Island. The addition will include eight classrooms, an attendance office and offices for the deans of girls and boys.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Hoffman School in East Moline was closed today after vandals broke in overnight and smashed windows, coated the hallways with foam from fire extinguishers, overturned desks and left a trail of blood. Principal William Hansen said the school's 310 sixth-grade students were sent home about 9 a.m.

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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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