Day in history for March 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
As Charles Brewer was returning from his work in the city to his boarding place at John R. Reynolds, on the bluffs, a man sprang suddenly from the bushes and struck at him with a knife. Brewer parried the blow and received a frightful cut across the palm of his hand.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A severe snow storm took place last night. The snow drifted in some places to a depth of six or seven feet.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Charles Hastings was elected chairman of the city-township Republican committee.

1931 -- 75 years ago
John J. Devine, 63, Rock Island Lines yardmaster and an employee of the railroad since 1888, died this morning at his home, 537 28th St., Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Grover N. Kortum, 1530 12th St., Rock Island, has filed a claim of $49 against the city, charging that chemicals in the city water killed 40 of his goldfish.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island School Board wants to sell Saukie Field to the city of Rock Island or the park board to make sure it remains an open space. The decision came after several board members expressed interest in keeping the 9.46-acre ball field at 30th Avenue and 36th Street open, rather than selling it to a developer.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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