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Day in history for March 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A correspondent writes to us, and wishes to know who has the care of Rock River Bridge. He says there is 'a bad hole' in it making it quite dangerous for night travellers.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Officer Gorman was the winner of an oil painting by D.S. McDannell, valued at $10, which was raffled at Al Bowen's store on Friday evening.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Harry Gray, watchman at the Rock Island Mattress company. Fell through a ledge, a short distance of about 10 feet below the platorm. His injury consist of a badly wrenched back.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Augustana College will install lights and inaugurate night football next fall. Augustana will be the first in this region to try night football.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Dennhardt Dancers, a 13-girl tap and precision chorus, accompanied by Richard Roe, vocalist, won first place in the annual Rock Island Grotto talent show. Twenty acts competed in the contest.

1980 -- 25 years ago
When driver Number 1 got a raise to 61 cents an hour, he decided he could afford to get married. Now, after 43 years of piloting public transportation, Bill Liston is retiring. He's the first bus driver to retire from the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District, and he'll be the last designated driver Number 1. District officials are retiring his number.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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