Day in history for March 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Spring will come. We have His Word for it, who never fails in His promises. It is not too soon to begin to think of a garden.

1881 -- 125 years ago
County Clerk Donaldson, who occupies rooms at the Rock Island House, saved the life of Jonathan Grueber of Cincinnati, a guest at the hotel, who came near suffocating from escaping gas early today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The ice gorge on the Rock River in the vicinity of Erie broke without causing damage so there will be no more danger from ice or water.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The sum of $1,446.64 was reported by the teams participating in the annual drive for the Rock Island Rescue Mission at the first report luncheon held in the Mother's Club rooms at the mission this noon. The mission is seeking $6,000.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A squad of Rock Island policemen shot and killed a fox, apparently a tamed animal, after it attacked a woman in Rock Island shortly after 6 this morning. Severely bitten by the animal at 9th St. and 2nd Ave. while she was enroute to church was Mrs. Victor Poma, 814 2nd Ave., Rock Island.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Illinois State Treasurer Jerome Cosentino was in Moline Sunday to endorse Democratic mayoral candidate Larry Fosbinder.

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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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