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.

Back: Available days in October 2006



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






(More History)