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: 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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