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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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