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: 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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