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: 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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