Day in history for March 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Abraham Hartzell has just opened a mine of genuine cannel coal, on his farm on the road leading from Moline to Wilson's Ferry, about six miles from this city.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A set of harness and saddle and bridle were stolen last night from Frank Knox's barn.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Olson observed their fifth wedding anniversary Thursday evening. Progressive cinch was a feature of the entertainment. The hostess was presented with a cut glass bowl.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Assistant Sec. of Commerce for Aeronautics Clarence M. Young made a forced landing yesterday afternoon at the Moline Airport on account of engine trouble. He continued his trip to Des Moines by train.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island firemen today were still trying to shake off a foul smelling odor that resulted when pranksters dumped a small bottle of liquid in a washroom at the Rocket Theater in downtown Rock Island last night.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Michael Ellis of East Moline is the new Quad-Cities' chess champion. Ellis, a systems programmer for Deere And Co., took the title by scoring 4 wins and a draw during a five-game tournament Saturday and Sunday in Davenport.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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