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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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