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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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