Day in history for October 8, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
One of the area's largest fires on record broke out a few minutes after 6 Monday evening at the pail and tub factory of Dimock And Gould at the head of Rock Island, near Moline.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. J.S. McCord has been returned to the charge of the First Methodist Church. Members of the congregation last night presented him a silver water set.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Catherine McArdle, last surviving sister of the late Dean Thomas Macklin, died yesterday at the home of Mrs. Mary Crummie at Preemption.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Eight hundred Rock Island County teachers heard Dr. Thomas J. Kirby, professor of education and director of the university high school at the University of Iowa, discuss the future of education at the County Teacher's Institute in the Rock Island High School Auditorium.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Quick action on the part of several members of Memorial Christian Church, 15th St. and 3rd Ave., Rock Island, possibly saved the church from a major fire loss last night.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Lutheran Hospital officials have launched a feasibility study concerning what they term a ''major medical center'' to serve the Quad-Cities from Moline. Existence of the study apparently spawned rumors circulating that Lutheran might attempt to purchase Moline Public.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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