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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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