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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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