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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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