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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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