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: 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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