Day in history for October 30, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Col. William A. Richardson of Rock Island, speaking in Chicago, expresses the most confident assurance that the Democracy of this state will roll up a sure majority of from 15,000 to 20,000.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The War Eagle passed up the river last night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Forty-one homes have been entered by burglars since May 6. A $50 reward is offered for the apprehension and conviction of every burglar.

1931 -- 75 years ago
An organization of land owners known as the Mississippi Valley Drainage Assn. was formed at Burlington to sponsor legislation for collection of damages on flowage caused by 9-foot channel dams in the Rock Island District of the Mississippi River.

1956 -- 50 years ago
It's strawberry time again at the home of Mrs. R.B. Ford, 3127 26th St., Rock Island. While cutting down weeds near the garden patch several days ago, Mrs. Ford noticed a number of ripe and near-ripe berries on the plants which are not of the ever-bearing variety.

1981 -- 25 years ago
An early morning fire today destroyed the Jack and Jill Food Mart and gave about 1,600 Orion school children an unexpected vacation. The five-hour-long battle depleted water stored in two elevated storage tanks, prompting School Superintendent Don Frakes to cancel classes this morning.

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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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