Day in history for March 7, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The account of the meeting held at the courthouse, in relation to the establishment of a good system of schools, has been furnished us for publication.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Buford Plow Works was running night and day today, working the heaviest force it has had in years.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Miss Anna Ehlers of the American Regalia Co. was surprised by her co-workers Saturday night at the home of Mrs. John Kurth Jr., the occasion being her birthday anniversary.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Suggestions that a flat per car charge of $5, plus the usual per diem reclaim, be agreed upon for the movement of freight to and from the Rock Island barge terminal in the proposed Quad-City metropolitan switching district have failed to win the approval of freight traffic executives of the three principal railroads serving the Quad-Cities.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Moline will get a new 116-car off-street parking lot in the downtown business district about April 15 as the result of an offer by the Rock Island Lines to turn the grounds adjacent to the passenger depot into a parking lot.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County bus ridership has grown 185 percent since 1973, according to a Bi-State Planning Commission study.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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