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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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