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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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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