Day in history for March 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Editor: I notice a communication from F.G. in the Rock Islander, advocating a public bath house. It is an institution very much wanted and one if conducted on the right principle will not only pay well but be of great benefit to the community.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Bailey Davenport was nominated for mayor by the Democratic convention held in Turner Hall last night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
West and Vokes in ''A Pair of Pinks'' will be seen at the Illinois Theater on March 20.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A movement to relieve overcrowded conditions in the Rock Island Federal Building, which already have caused governmental offices to take quarters in other office buildings in the city, has been launched in Washington, D.C.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island man who stole a fire truck at Farmington, Iowa, apparently did firemen a favor. The drive shaft of the vehicle broke before Lee Roe, 22, Rock Island, could get more than three miles away. Firemen said it was a good thing that didn't happen on the way to a fire.

1981 -- 25 years ago
About 20 families have expressed interest so far in buying the five homes that will be built in East Moline's Watertown area with the help of a federal grant.

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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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