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: 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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