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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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