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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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