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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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