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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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