Day in history for May 25, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that our statement in relation to two more rafts broken up was incorrect. We learn that the raftsmen now separate the ''cribs'' while coming down the rapids, thus making three or four small rafts which can more easily avoid the piers of the bridge.

1881 -- 125 years ago
At the Masonic Temple last night the council degrees were conferred on a number of Royal Arch Masons.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Tomorrow, Memorial Day Sunday, John Buford Post, GAR, and other patriotic societies will attend services at the Central Presbyterian Church.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Hurrying to catch the Rock Island-Davenport ferry at 6:15 last night, Mrs. Christine Rossiter, of Moline, stepped in front of a locomotive of the Burlington Railroad and was instantly killed.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Delinquency petitions are scheduled to be filed in Rock Island County Court against five boys accused of uprooting 396 small pine trees at Loding's Nursery, 4001 Coaltown Road, south of Moline.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Mel McKay express train at Niabi Zoo has a new passenger car. The car was acquired through the combined efforts of the Mel McKay trust fund, Niabi Zoological Society and the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.

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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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