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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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