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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.

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