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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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