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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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