Day in history for August 27, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A political mass Democratic Rally honoring S.A. Douglas, William Richardson and others will be held in Rock Island Saturday, Sept. 6, when it will be expected that all will turn out and hear the champions of freedom.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles will attend an encampment at Bloomington early next month.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Carl Helpenstell was toastmaster at a banquet of The German-American Press Club held Saturday evening.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Henry Wochner, 1105 12th St., Rock Island, an engineer at Bear Manufacturing Co., Rock Island, was granted a patent this week on a axle straightening mechanism.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A 50-foot flagpole was removed Saturday from 1569 40th St., Rock Island, where it had been placed in 1919 to mark a government housing project in that area, and was replaced directly in front of the Soldiers' monument in Chippiannock Cemetery.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Dianna Blake, a 31-year-old mother of three, fulfilled her lifelong dream Wednesday by swimming across the Mississippi River with her mother cheering her on from a speedboat nearby. Blake, who has been swimming since age 3, made the half-mile swim in less than 30 minutes and said she briefly tinkered with the idea of making a return trip.

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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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