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 informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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