Day in history for October 4, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Only 400 tickets were issued to the Empire Minstrels gift concert which is set for tonight at Empire Hall. The more than 30 prizes which are to be presented may be seen at Hakes and Riggs Jewelry Store. This company is the best that has been in this city for some time.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Frederick Warde in Romeo and Juliet was the attraction at Harper's Theater Saturday night. Miss Florence Elmore took the role of Juliet.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Frank Donnelly, former manager of the Rock Island Baseball Club, will be the new manager of the Peoria Club.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Preliminary plans for the annual Rock Island County Corn Husking Contest were made at the board of directors meeting in the Fort Armstrong Hotel. The contest will be held in the lower end of the county.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Moline Police motorcycles by the end of this week will be equipped with 2-way radios for the first time in the history of the department. The 2-way radios make for more efficient police operations, Chief Nelson pointed out.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Black Hawk East livestock judging team was defeated for the first time in the nine-year history of the Mid-Continent Livestock Exposition Saturday night by arch rival Hawkeye Institute of Technology from Waterloo.

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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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