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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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