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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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