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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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