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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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