Day in history for August 4, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Ambrose G. Bowling, Camden precinct, was appointed chairman and William A. Knox, Rock Island, secretary of the Democratic Convention of Rock Island County.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Burglars made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the Commercial House.

1906 -- 100 years ago
H.A. Johnson, construction engineer for the tri-city merger, and Frank D. Moses, an expert in gas manufacture, will arrive here Monday to take charge of the reconstruction of the street car lines.

1931 -- 75 years ago
An estimated 3,500 persons jammed Cram Field, Davenport, today as the Quad-Cities extended enthusiastic greetings to Wiley Post and Harold Gatty, aviation's globe heroes, who came under the auspices of the Central Broadcasting Co. as an added feature of the Iowa American Legion program in Davenport.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Construction of a boat house as the first project at the new harbor in Sunset Park will be urged by the Citizen's Advisory Committee for the project.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Near normal operations continued at the Quad-City Airport today during a strike by air traffic controllers demanding better pay, benefits and a shorter work week. A combination of non-striking controllers and supervisors continued to operate the airport's control tower.

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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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