Day in history for August 15, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
All persons who feel disposed to aid in the organization of an efficient fire company are requested to meet at the courthouse on Friday, August 17, at 8 o'clock.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A meeting of citizens will be held tomorrow afternoon to discuss ways and means of establishing a hospital.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Street car employees participated in an excursion on the steamer ''J.S.'' this evening.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Lantern Parade held last evening in Long View Park tooks its place as one of the largest projects sponsored by the Rock Island Playground and Recreation Commission this year when 437 children carried lighted lanterns through the winding roadways of the park.

1956 -- 50 years ago
That vacant lot on 19th St., Moline, for years popularly referred to as the ''Consumer's property,'' which provided the best sledding in town and was suggested for use as a new high school site early in 1953, came into the news again, this time as the site for a proposed public park.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The 256-acre Giant Goose Reserve, a mile east of Atkinson on U.S. 6, is 15 years old and shelters deer, ducks, raccoon and quail as well as the ''giant'' Canada Goose. The Izaak Walton League now owns the reserve and is trying to pay a $60,000 debt it accumulated in buying it.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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