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: 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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