Day in history for August 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A meeting of the executive committee of the Rock Island Agricultural Society will be held at the courthouse on Wed., Sept. 3. As there is a large amount of business to be done, it is necessary that every member should be present.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Burglars raided Peter Kain's home near Port Byron Thursday night but were scared off before they secured any plunder.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The County Bar Assn. appointed a committee this morning to arrange for a memorial to the late Col. E.J. Searle. E.D. Sweeney, William Jackson and Maj. H.C. Connelly will draft suitable resolutions.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County was given exceptional recognition when County Clerk C.N. Isaacson was elected president of the Illinois Assn. of County Officers and Probate Clerk Elmer L. Ransom made secretary of the Probate Clerk's Assn.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A man identified by Rock Island Arsenal officials as Vincent O'Ginnis, about 63, was rescued shortly after noon from the Mississippi River before he was sucked into the roller dam at the Rock Island Locks.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island Mayor Jim Davis said Tuesday the Valley Homes housing project is so overcrowded and in such poor condition that the city may have no choice except to demolish all or part of the 100-unit complex.

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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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