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: 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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