Day in history for October 31, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Heavy rains last week have had an effect on the Mississippi River. The rise which is being experienced to the north will undoubtably reach us and enable larger boats to dock at our levee.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Maggie Mitchell in the ''Pearl of Savoy'' will be at the Harper Theater tomorrow night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
J.F. Spencer has been elected president of the Rock Island Baseball Assn.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Thomas Murphy of Bowling Township was judged winner of the annual Rock Island County corn husking contest for the sixth consecutive year. He picked 27.2 bushels. Harry Vroman was second and Henry Vroman third.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Seymour P. Golden, Rock Island certified accountant, will conduct a series of five sessions on income tax forms beginning Nov. 20, under the sponsorship of the adult education division of the Rock Island Public Schools. The classes will be aimed at the individual in small business.

1981 -- 25 years ago
For the second year in a row, Augustana College has received a Shell undergraduate grant of $10,000 from Shell Companies Foundation, Inc., Houston, Texas. The grants, established in 1980, provide funding to private colleges or universities with outstanding undergraduate programs in technical and business areas.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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