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: 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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