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: 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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