Day in history for October 3, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The editor of the Medical and Surgical Journal comes out strongly in favor of hoops. He says nothing can be more appropriate during the heat of summer than these light frames to raise the weight of the skirts.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Superintendent Kemble reports a total enrollment during September in the public schools of 1,837 pupils.

1906 -- 100 years ago
President M.H. Sexton has declined re-election as president of the Rock Island Baseball Assn. He has been connected with baseball since 1896.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Two small stills were seized in Rock Island today and yesterday by deputy sheriffs in liquor raids. The officers also found about 40 gallons of distilled liquor and 500 gallons of mash.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Industrial employment in the Quad-City area dipped to 42,859 persons by Sept. 1, hitting its lowest mark during the past 12 months. The figure was 565 persons below the previous month, a decline of 1.3 percent.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Board created a public building commission, a move that will allow construction of a new county jail without voter approval. The five-member commission, to be appointed by County Board Chairman Paul Mulcahey with the approval of the board, will draft jail construction or remodeling plans.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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