Day in history for May 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Who can believe that Rock Island, which was sort of terra incognita to the general land office only 30 years ago, is now the gateway to an empire beyond the Mississippi.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Hennepin Canal convention inaugurated its session in Davenport this morning, being called to order by Maj. Allen of Geneseo, who introduced Judge Murphy of Davenport as temporary chairman.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The recitations and examinations at Augustana College closed for the school year this afternoon.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A huge distillery, believed to have been one of the principal sources of supply for Tri-City alcohol dealers, was uncovered last night when Henry County authorities raided a barn on a farm near Colona and seized two 500 gallon stills, 600 gallons of finished product, and 65,000 gallons of mash.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Peter H. Bohn, 12, of 3700 21st Ave., Rock Island, is believed to be one of the youngest to hold an amateur radio license in the United States.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Sometimes the view from the rear is as important as a good front. That's why Stuart Waxenburg, owner of Fitzgibbon's Men's Wear, 1616 5th Ave., Moline, is planning a ''face lifting'' for his store's back entrance.

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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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