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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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