Day in history for March 13, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Democrats of Rock Island precinct are requested to meet on Saturday at 7 o'clock in the City Council room for the purpose of choosing 10 delegates to the county convention.

1881 -- 125 years ago
At the Christian Chapel, the Rev. Irving A. Searles preached on ''The Gospel for Lawyers.''

1906 -- 100 years ago
Christian Olsen, believed to be the oldest native of Norway in Rock Island, died at his home this morning.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Fred Doeckel Jr., 20, and Richard Miner, 18, have returned to Rock Island after taking a trip to Florida with total cash assets between them of $2.25.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A blanket of flames followed a mysterious explosion shortly after 8 this morning in a Watertown drug store. The interior of the Wiedenmann and Cosgrave Drug Store, 266 19th St., East Moline, was destroyed by the rapidly spreading flames.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Mark Schwiebert for City Council Campaign Committee has mailed nearly 200 randomly selected voters a six-question survey asking for ratings of city services, downtown, schools, parks and residential areas; rankings of issues affecting the city's future, and opinions on favored methods of attracting business.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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