Day in history for January 1, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
New Year's Day was celebrated by the entire population in a most becoming manner, by calls, sleigh rides, and so forth. The town was a scene of joy and hilarity from morn till night.

1881 -- 125 years ago
During the month of December, 31 couples were licensed to marry.

1906 -- 100 years ago
County Clerk Hubbard issued 639 marriage licenses in 1905.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A free trip to Washington, and perhaps to Europe, is the award held out to Rock Island High School boys and girls in a popularity contest to be sponsored by The Argus, the Fort Theatre and Amerop Travel Service, Inc.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Cheryl Lynn Engstrom was born at 12:33 a.m. in St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island, with the distinction of being the first baby born in the Quad-Cities in 1956. The infant is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Engstrom, 2921 31st Ave., Rock Island, and weighed more than seven pounds at birth.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Of the eight babies born in the Quad-Cities on New Year's Day, the honor of being the first went to Leann Marie Althiser, a nine-pound, 13 1/2 ounce daughter born to Barbara and Leroy Althiser, 221 19th St., East Moline. Leann was born at 2:45 a.m. at Illini Hospital.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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