Day in history for August 7, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A new foundry has just been started in the upper part of town. It is intended to cast fancy patterns for gates, fences and other such purposes. A beautiful specimen of the work can be seen at the east corner of Harper and Steel's Hardware Store.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Clark H. Conelly left today for Missouri Valley, Iowa, to accept the position of cashier in the Marcellus Bank.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Union Electric Telephone Co. asked permission of the City Council to increase its rates.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island will be represented by a delegation of about 25 at the national convention of the Fraternal Order of Eagles next week in Toledo, Ohio.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A towboat with a sense of humor pulled into the Bettendorf Petroleum Terminal yesterday. The reason for the laughs elicited by the new red and white craft was its name, painted in big, black letters on the pilot house. It read, ''Lotta Bull.''

1981 -- 25 years ago
Now it's final, really final, Moline has 791 more people than the U.S. Census Bureau first thought. Spanish speaking residents, who canvassed the city's Hispanic neighborhoods in the west end under a special allocation from Community Development Block Grant funds, found the additional citizens.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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