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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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