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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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