Day in history for March 25, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The great railroad bridge across the Mississippi is being completed, all but the draw. A rope bridge has been constructed across the draw for foot passengers and the convenience of those at work on the bridge.

1881 -- 125 years ago
An attempt to break the ice gorge with dynamite failed this morning owing to the fuse being wrongly laid.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The local warehouses of the Carnival City Packet Co., the Acme Packet Co., and the Eclipse Packet Co. were opened this morning. The first trip will be made from the local landing Wednesday afternoon when the Helen Blair opens the season.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Two switchmen of the Rock Island Lines, employed in Davenport, were seriously hurt within a period of 10 hours as they fell beneath freight cars. They are Edmund L. Fuller, 48, and William G. Fry, 53, both of Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Chuck Dhooge, standout lineman with the unbeaten Rock Island High School team of 1952, has been chosen co-captain of the 1956 Valparaiso University football season.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Seventeen area fire chiefs inspected the Silvis Fire Department's new $236,000 tower truck Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Bank of Silvis.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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