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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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