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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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