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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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