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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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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