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 store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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