Day in history for March 16, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The democracy of Rock Island filled the common council room at an early hour Saturday evening and their proceedings were characterized by the utmost harmony, enthusiasm and good feeling.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Patrick Mulqueen, an employee of the Buford Plow Works, was severely cut about the face and shoulders when a wall he was undermining fell on him.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The retail merchants of Rock Island went on record as being opposed to a franchise being granted to the Central Union Telephone Co. unless the company accepts a maximum rate clause.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Meeting at the Rock Island Masonic Temple, 18th St. and 5th Ave., the Templar Chapter, Order of DeMolay, laid plans for the semi-annual installation of officers on April 10, and enjoyed an illustrated lecture by Capt. Walter A. Blair of Davenport.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An estimated 300 hot rodders from Illinois and Iowa learned that ''only a few litigations'' stood in the way of a drag racing strip 15 miles from Moline.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A wall of flames destroyed an empty warehouse at 2361 3rd Ave., Moline, belonging to the Moline Consumers Co. The warehouse, built before W.W. I, used to be an ice house.

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