Day in history for March 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Several teams and men have broken through the ice within a few days, but none has been lost. People should keep off the ice; it is unsafe.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Democrats of the 6th Ward place Robert Kuschman in nomination for alderman today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. E.W. Hurst, Mrs. Julia Rosenfield and Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Velie and family of Moline returned recently from a stay of several weeks in Mexico.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Officials ruled Illinois' two state prisons with an iron hand today to prevent a repetition of yesterday's riot in which five buildings at Statesville Penitentiary were burned by some of the 1,800 milling prisoners, three of whom were wounded, one fatally, before the insurrection could be put down.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Burglars picked the only period, a six-hour stretch from about 6 until shortly after midnight Saturday, during the entire week when no one was in the place to crack the safe at the 5-Point Bakery, 815 5th Ave., Moline.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Harold Strutz, a golf pro for 35 years, announced his retirement as a pro from Indian Bluff Golf Course Tuesday night in a letter of resignation submitted to the Rock Island County Board's Forest Preserve Committee.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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