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: 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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