Day in history for March 31, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island is a point which can hardly be passed by those seeking homes in the west. It is the best place to locate on the upper Mississippi, as its natural advantages of manufacture will fully show.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The ice, which for five months has placed an embargo upon river navigation, began to move today. Steamboats soon can be operated.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Chambers and Dubois Marquis of Bloomington are the guests of their uncle, the Rev. W.S. Marquis, pastor of Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1931 -- 75 years ago
More than 2,000 were present at the opening of the second annual show of the Tri-City Kennel Club at the Davenport Coliseum yesterday.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The General Services Administration today approved the architectural design of the proposed $2,000,000 United States Post Office and Federal Building for Rock Island. When completed the new building will occupy Spencer Square in downtown Rock Island.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Clyde Schillie built a coal mine in his basement at 5110 7th Ave., Moline. Built of scraps of wood and plastic, the model shows the surface buildings and railroad yard of the Kansas City Midland Coal Company's mine No. 4.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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