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: 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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