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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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