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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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