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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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