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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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