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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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