Day in history for March 12, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A dispatch from Washington states that the Secretary of the Navy has determined to order the new frigate Merrimac to the gulf squadron. Her officers will be detained a few days.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Township collectors reported a total of $17,794.43 in taxes collected.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Henry Grothe was elected president of the 1st and 2nd Ward Improvement Association.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Four recent fires of unknown origin in as many barns in Rock Island, gave rise today to an investigation by Rock Island police under the theory that the blazes may have been of incendiary inception.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Moline's nuisance pigeon population was reduced by more than 200 yesterday afternoon by an estimated 90 hunters with only one other casualty. A bird, shot in flight, volplaned through a window at the C.D. VanArsdale residence, 1716 13th St., a few minutes after the shoot began.

1981 -- 25 years ago
For 56 years a coal fire kept the James B. Pearson riverboat chugging between Moline and Cordova, pushing barges loaded with sand and gravel. This morning, a fire believed set by an arsonist, destroyed the old boat, which has been high and dry on display in Winona, Minn., since 1954.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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