Day in history for August 1, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We are pleased to learn that W.C. Goudy, Esq., an eminent champion of democracy, has been nominated for the state senate from Fulton and McDonough Counties.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Milan Distillery was destroyed by fire late this evening with a loss at $30,000.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Union Electric telephone girls enjoyed an excursion last night on the steamer ''W.W.''

1931 -- 75 years ago
Ten thousand bugs, more or less, went to their death when cyanide gas was turned on in the City Hall shortly after noon today. The hall will not be opened until Monday when the gas will be driven out.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Work has started on improvements at Garnesey Square, Rock Island, to make it available in its entirety as a city playground area. J.I. Case Co. has relinquished portions of the square which plant employees had been using as a parking lot since the days of World War II.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Nine-year-old Tim Puckett of Carbon Cliff says that his favorite drink is Coca-Cola. Thanks to Coca-Cola, and a bit of good luck, Puckett and his family are $1,000 richer. Puckett was the winner of Coca-Cola's bottle cap contest, in which Coke drinkers try to collect caps with the words ''Coke, It's The Real Thing'' printed inside.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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