Day in history for May 23, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Last Monday morning we counted 13 steamboats at our levee, all busy loading or unloading, and not another boat in sight at any other town.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rt. Rev. J.L. Spalding, D.D. bishop of Peoria, will lecture at St. Joseph's Church next Sunday evening.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Weekly Argus has changed its publication date from Friday to Thursday, it was announced today.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Servus Rubber Co. of Rock Island has increased its output of rubber footwear to 17,000 pairs per day, 5,000 more than at the start of the year.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A 3-year contract with a starting salary of $8,300 a year was offered last night by the Moline Board of Education to Lamont Hultgren for the position of principal of the high school.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A dozen pottery fragments, chips from stone tools and a single Indian trade bead, that's all they have to show after a week of walking and digging at Black Hawk State Park. But what a tale those tiny bits and pieces of the past tell. They were unearthed by an Illinois State University team hired by the Illinois Department of Conservation to conduct the first professional archeological survey of the park.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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