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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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