Day in history for March 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Elected officers for the Trinity Episcopal Church: Wardens, S.M. Harris, A. Arnold; vestrymen, J.W. Drury, C. Lynde Jr., E. Carter, B. Davenport, W.H. Whitman, J.H. Langley, and Joseph W. Brackett.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The ice in the river showed signs of weakening today, and a break-up is expected next week.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. J.E. Raut of Sears drowned in Rock River when a boat in which she and her husband were fishing capsized above the old dam at the foot of Watch Tower.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The most severe snow storm of the season swept eastward over the upper Mississippi Valley today, leaving a six-inch blanket over the Quad-Cities and smothering most of Iowa.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Fanned by a brisk wind out of the northwest, yesterday, fire destroyed the main building of Blackhawk Clay Products Inc., in Carbon Cliff. The fire did an estimated $100,000 damage to the building and machinery.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The sixth Henry County barn fire in a week was reported to Geneseo fire and police officials at 10:10 p.m. Saturday. Police said a barn belonging to James Plumb, of RR 2, Geneseo, about 8 miles northwest of the city, burned to the ground by the time fire equipment arrived.

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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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