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 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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