Day in history for August 3, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Sylvester Allen, contractor for grading the Peoria Railroad, has completed the work to Rock River and is ready for the ties and rails.

1881 -- 125 years ago
W.F. Cody, ''Buffalo Bill,'' arrived here last night. He told an Argus reporter that he was on his way to make some sort of arrangement with Sitting Bull. He expects the Chief to join his show.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Misses Grace and Florence Hall have returned from Dubuque where they visited friends.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Firemen from three cities waged a winning fight against a $10,500 blaze which threatened the business section of Cambridge yesterday.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Lloyd Nelson and L.M. Mosher of the Dye and Crampton Co., Aledo, were placing stake lines and digging trenches for the foundation of a new storage plant for the McKee Seed Co. of New Boston when they came upon a considerable sum in gold and silver coins.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The ABC network has expressed interest in filming a segment on its weekly show ''20/20'' about the town where Ronald Reagan was born and spent the first nine years of his life. Hugh Downs will visit Tampico later in August to appear in the segment. Downs has close ties to Tampico. His wife, the former Ruth Shaheen, was born and reared there.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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