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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