Day in history for February 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The last span in the great railroad bridge across the Mississippi at this place is raised.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A county temperance meeting was held at the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon. L.D. Parmenter was elected president.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Fort Armstrong Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, gave its annual Washington Colonial Tea yesterday at the home of Mrs. G.G. Blakeslee.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Two of the six Rock Island Township assistant supervisors whose terms expire this year fell by the wayside in ward caucuses last night. Harry H. Ungerforth losing in the 3rd Ward by a single vote to Ben Adams and Ben Payne being replaced in the 4th Ward by endorsement without a contest for Charles H. Lidders.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Fire which shot through a 10-story broiler ventilator chute generated dense clouds of smoke and caused extensive damage to the kitchen at the Blackhawk Hotel at 12:45 this afternoon.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County officials today tested the new voting system set to debut in Tuesday's primaries. The test was the first formal test of the Optical Mark Reader system under which a machine electronically scans ballots marked in pencil.

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