Day in history for May 15, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A large raft ran on one of the piers to the railroad bridge and was broken into several pieces. A considerable portion of the lumber was lost.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles of Rock Island visited Moline and were entertained by the military organization of that city. At a late hour the Rifles returned to Rock Island, well satisfied with the trip and the hospitalities extended by their military comrades of Moline.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Brewing Company has purchased a Northern truck for use in the delivery of bottled goods in the three cities.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Forcing their way through the rear door of the Peoples Store, 514 15th St., Moline, shortly after midnight, burglars stole women's clothing valued at approximately $2,435.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Silvis City Council last night instructed the police department to begin enforcing a long-standing ordinance that prohibits the keeping of livestock in the city.

1981 -- 25 years ago
About $1,835 was raised in the 25th annual Ugly Man on Campus Festival held recently at Augustana College. Proceeds will be divided between the Juvenile Diabetes Association and the Easter Seals Foundation for Crippled Children and Adults.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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