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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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