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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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