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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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