Day in history for March 2, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
On Monday noon, in a gutter on Washington Street, two small crafts, sail vessels, beautifully decorated with flags, under command of two young commodores in round-abouts, set sail. They floated gallantly out of sight and we hope met no adverse winds to stay their progress.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Fifty couples surprised Ald. Gray and his wife in honor of their 20th wedding anniversary last night. The aldermen and other city officials gave the couple a gold band china set of 120 pieces.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The sum of $6,400 has been subscribed for the improvement of Long View Park.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Forty members of the Rock Island County Chapter of the Reserve Association have enrolled in the annual pistol-firing classes held at the Rock Island Arsenal range.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Clyde Kramer was practically a one-man team for Albany Grade School as Albany defeated Annawan 28-26 in the finals of the Two Rivers Grade School Conference heavyweight tournament at Erie. Kramer scored 26 points.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials told about 500 residents of the Heritage and Homewood areas Sunday it's unlikely an amusement park will be built near 47th Avenue and 53rd Street.

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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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