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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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