Day in history for March 19, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The new Methodist Episcopal Church in Rock Island will be dedicated April 20.

1881 -- 125 years ago
E.D. Sweeney will soon commence the erection of a new building at 20th Street and 2nd Avenue, Rock Island.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Young People's Assn. of Broadway Presbyterian Church in Rock Island will give a genuine old-time quilting bee at the YMCA Friday night.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Reductions of five to ten percent in salaries of all employees of the International Harvester Co., except factory wage earners, will be effective April 1.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Plans for rebuilding the three-story structure at 217 Perry St., Davenport, occupied by Nu-Way Rug Co., which was gutted by fire late Saturday, were being considered today by Harold Heine, owner of the business and the building, as an investigation continued in the cause of the blaze.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline and Davenport are among cities being considered by the Milwaukee-based Kohl's Department Store chain as sites for new stores. The company plans to build 19 stores during the next five years as part of a $60 million expansion which would take the company outside Wisconsin for the first time.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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