Day in history for July 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Corn on the Rock Island Market for home trade is 20 cents an ear, 25 cents shelled. Oats are listed at 30 cents.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Veteran Light Guards of Peoria will visit Rock Island on Saturday, August 13.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Company A of this city won two firsts and a second in a track meet at Springfield.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Moline Mayor John F. Huey and Robert M. Benell, city engineer, discussed the proposed new bridge from Bettendorf to Moline with interested Moline property owners at a meeting last night in the Moline city hall.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Silvis School District voters turned out in record numbers Saturday to approve a 21-cent tax increase, which is expected to lead to the restoration of kindergarten, bus service, school band and other services. The vote in Saturday's election was 567 for and 503 against, reflecting the intensity of interest in the school issue.

1981 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester Co. announced today it will lay off about 800 workers indefinitely and another 450 for nearly a month beginning Aug. 24 at the company's East Moline plant. The company cited high interest rates and a resulting large unsold inventory of the combines produced at the plant as reasons for the layoff.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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