Day in history for August 31, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A special meeting of the city council was held Aug. 29. It was ordered that a committee be appointed to correct plans and specifications for the engine house as recommended by the board, publish said specifications and advertise for proposals.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Diamond Jo Reynolds spent the night here several days ago, leaving yesterday.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Word has been received here of the death of the Rev. C.G. Booth, president elder of this district of the A.M.E. Church. He died in Indianapolis, Ind.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Its long, white sides and yellow stacks presenting a pretty picture against the darker background of the shores, the giant tow boat Herbert Hoover moved down the Mississippi River past Rock Island yesterday on the second lap of its maiden trip from Dubuque to St. Louis.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport Coliseum ballroom is undergoing a complete redecoration, and the new management plans to open the ballroom the second week in September. The entire wall surrounding the stage has been redecorated in a Swedish modern design by Gunnar Dahlstrom, St. Paul artist.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City Arts Council-Visiting Artist Series 1981-82 Arts Appeal fund drive has raised a total of $50,294 in pledges and contributions.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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