Day in history for September 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A public swing of flying horses for ladies and gentlemen was exhibited on the levee near the ferry landing yesterday afternoon. The proprietor offered same for sale.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The toy factory and warehouse of Galt and Blaisdell were struck by lightning in a storm Saturday night and destroyed by fire.

1906 -- 100 years ago
An old-fashioned basket picnic will be held by the Modern Woodmen of America at Long View Park on Sept. 15.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Tri-City Brass Band will be featured in a concert from 3 to 6 Labor Day during Moline's 10th Annual Community-Industry Picnic at Prospect Park. John Moody is the director.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Miss Sue Minas of East Moline, co-chairman of the Young Republicans National Federation Campaign Committee, has been invited to meet with President and Mrs. Eisenhower and Vice President and Mrs. Nixon at the Eisenhower Gettysburg farm Sept. 12.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The last gasp of a dying federal housing program may pump more than $3 million into the local construction industry and provide low-cost homes for many families. Sixty-seven new houses are being built in Rock Island County and Mercer County, priced from $42,000 to $59,000, and available to medium-income families through subsidized mortgages.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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