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: 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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