Day in history for October 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Professor Lee's Dancing Academy, which was scheduled to be held this evening at Empire Hall, has been postponed until next Monday evening. Young people will welcome this opportunity for evening amusement during the winter months.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Anthony and Ellis' ''Uncle Tom's Cabin'' is the attraction at Harper's Theater this afternoon and evening.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School football team defeated Sterling Saturday by a score of 28 to 0.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Hennepin Canal, closed since washouts of embankment in the vicinity of Wyanet and Tiskilwa, will be opened to traffic again Tuesday.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Earl H. Hall, Silvis, is the author of ''As Time Went By,'' a volume of 58 poems published by Comet Press Books, New York City. Hall, an electrician in the Silvis shops of the Rock Island Lines Railroad, has been termed ''the poet laureate of Silvis.'' He has lived in Silvis for 50 years.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College, opened Sept. 1 after a $500,000 gift from Birger and Lyal Swenson of Rock Island, houses more than 8,000 volumes, extensive personal papers of prominent Swedish immigrants and microfilms of church records and Swedish-American newspapers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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