Day in history for March 21, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
On Monday last, R.H. Webster Esq., constable of Port Byron, arrested a man for horse stealing, who first called himself John Williams, and afterwards John Spicer.

1881 -- 125 years ago
William, infant son of James Johnston, chief of the fire department, died of scarlet fever. Only a couple of weeks ago another little one who was a member of this family passed away.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. M.C. Rice returned from Richmond, Va., where she visited relatives.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The arrival of the vernal equinox today found the Quad-City area enjoying temperatures slightly above normal, the mercury being expected to climb to 55 degrees this afternoon.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Construction of the new $800,000 women's dormitory at Augustana College has begun. The new three-story dormitory will be built on the former Davis estate, which was bequeathed to the college in 1954.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline police are warning banks and businesses in Moline to look out for phony $100 bills that may have been passed in the area. Three bogus $100 bills turned up this week in the deposits of First National Bank of Moline and the Moline branch of the State Bank and Trust of East Moline.

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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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