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: 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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