Day in history for January 15, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A change has taken place in the weather, the mercury rising from 23 below to 10 above.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The case of smallpox reported to The Argus was genuine. Kate Skelly, a domestic at the Island House, corner 2nd Ave. and 20th St., Rock Island, being the victim.

1906 -- 100 years ago
A Rock Island firm has landed one of the biggest contracts ever awarded in the west for cement work, the Rock Island Granitold Company having been entrusted with the cement basement floors for Davenport's immense new high school building.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The will of Henry C. Kahl, Davenport railroad builder, who died Friday in Chicago following an emergency operation, was filed for probate today in the Scott County district court of Davenport.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Hec Carlson walked off with the men's figure skating championship yesterday, edging out three others in the event before a crowd of nearly 1,000 at Rock Island's annual ice skating contest at the 30th St. rink.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities Nuclear Power Station has received a ''better than average'' rating from the federal government in a recently-created nationwide assessment of nuclear power plants.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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