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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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