Day in history for August 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
On Monday last, as George Parent and B. Hawley were riding in a buggy near Moline, they suddenly turned to avoid running over a child, and came in contact with a wagon team, upsetting their carriage.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Members of the Buffalo Bill combination troupe were photographed at the Watch Tower Saturday afternoon.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Albert Huber has been elected secretary of the Rock Island Retail Merchants' Association.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Manager J.F. Barrett of the Rock Island office of the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. announces that directors of the company have approved the expenditure of $52,000 for the repair and reconstruction of certain sections of the lines between this city and Galesburg.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Seven teenage Rock Island youths face closer parental supervision after being caught ''wet handed'' in Rock Island's swimming pool in Long View Park after the closing hour Monday night.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Ruth and Hugh Downs came to Tampico today. They came to the town where Ruth grew up and Hugh asked for her hand in marriage. They came to town with an ABC ''20/20'' news magazine film crew to contribute a little more notoriety to the village that has basked in the attention that surrounds a presidential birthplace.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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