Day in history for August 31, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A special meeting of the city council was held Aug. 29. It was ordered that a committee be appointed to correct plans and specifications for the engine house as recommended by the board, publish said specifications and advertise for proposals.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Diamond Jo Reynolds spent the night here several days ago, leaving yesterday.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Word has been received here of the death of the Rev. C.G. Booth, president elder of this district of the A.M.E. Church. He died in Indianapolis, Ind.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Its long, white sides and yellow stacks presenting a pretty picture against the darker background of the shores, the giant tow boat Herbert Hoover moved down the Mississippi River past Rock Island yesterday on the second lap of its maiden trip from Dubuque to St. Louis.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport Coliseum ballroom is undergoing a complete redecoration, and the new management plans to open the ballroom the second week in September. The entire wall surrounding the stage has been redecorated in a Swedish modern design by Gunnar Dahlstrom, St. Paul artist.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City Arts Council-Visiting Artist Series 1981-82 Arts Appeal fund drive has raised a total of $50,294 in pledges and contributions.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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