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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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