Day in history for March 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Our neighbors across the river are in trouble. The ice must soon break up, and render it most difficult for them to come over for their daily draughts, for several days.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Ex-Mayor Reynolds was contemplating a trip to Nebraska today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Old residents here recalled the fact that 25 years ago on this date a heavy snowstorm visited Rock Island.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Taylor, 2107 17th St., Rock Island, became the parents of triplet girls, weighing four pounds each at birth, early this morning.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Pinball machines that were gobbling up students' lunch money have been removed from three Milan business establishments. Village Marshal Hollis Work said he requested the action. The three establishments are places where students of the Milan school often congregate during the noon hour.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Sambo's Restaurants in the Quad-Cities will continue to be known by that name for the time being, but the company is trying a less-controversial slogan on for size in three eastern states. The new name, ''No Place Like Sam's,'' will be used at 18 restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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