Day in history for August 4, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Ambrose G. Bowling, Camden precinct, was appointed chairman and William A. Knox, Rock Island, secretary of the Democratic Convention of Rock Island County.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Burglars made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the Commercial House.

1906 -- 100 years ago
H.A. Johnson, construction engineer for the tri-city merger, and Frank D. Moses, an expert in gas manufacture, will arrive here Monday to take charge of the reconstruction of the street car lines.

1931 -- 75 years ago
An estimated 3,500 persons jammed Cram Field, Davenport, today as the Quad-Cities extended enthusiastic greetings to Wiley Post and Harold Gatty, aviation's globe heroes, who came under the auspices of the Central Broadcasting Co. as an added feature of the Iowa American Legion program in Davenport.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Construction of a boat house as the first project at the new harbor in Sunset Park will be urged by the Citizen's Advisory Committee for the project.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Near normal operations continued at the Quad-City Airport today during a strike by air traffic controllers demanding better pay, benefits and a shorter work week. A combination of non-striking controllers and supervisors continued to operate the airport's control tower.

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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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