Day in history for January 12, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
There is a Norwegian family, consisting of a widow and four small children, who have been this winter without food or fuel, save that given them by a neighbor. Anything left at the store of Case And Strong will be faithfully given to them.

1881 -- 125 years ago
James Taylor of Edgington served as chairman of the People's Convention here today to nominate a candidate for sheriff. At the time The Argus went to press no candidate had been named.

1906 -- 100 years ago
''Buster Brown'' is the attraction at the Illinois Theater tonight.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Hundreds of women in Rock Island and the surrounding area will be interested in the fifth annual cooking school sponsored by The Argus on Jan. 20.

1956 -- 50 years ago
''A Trip Through the Universe,'' an illustrated lecture by Carl Gamble, Moline astronomer, was presented at last night's meeting of St. John's Lutheran Brotherhood in the church parish house.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The blam-blam-blam of shotguns heralded the two-hour open season on pigeons Sunday afternoon in downtown Moline. City officials authorized the shooting to rid the area of the birds, which often spread disease and damage buildings with their roosting.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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