Day in history for August 8, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The citizens of Hampton and vicinity are requested to meet at the school house in Hampton village on Saturday, the 9th of August, at 2 p.m., for the purpose of hearing speeches from eminent Democratic speakers, both in German and in English.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Knox, an old resident of Rock Island, died Saturday night in Chicago to which city he had been removed at the outbreak of the Civil War. He was regarded as the first lawyer to have settled here.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At Industrial Hall last evening Miss Sarah E. Cohn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Cohn, was married to Samuel Schwartzman by Rabbi Goldman.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A change in the location of the proposed new Mississippi River dam at Muscatine, Iowa, is being considered by federal engineers of the Rock Island District.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Ferdinand Carstens of Durant gave the Davenport Public Museum a Rural Free Delivery wagon, the same wagon he used 50 years ago to carry mail to farms in the Durant vicinity.

1981 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester's East Moline Plant was recognized for the outstanding design of the Axial-Flow combine during the Royal Show in Warwickshire, England. The Axial-Flow has sharply increased IH's share of the British combine market.

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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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