Day in history for January 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Two of our printers drew the highest prizes in Croft's gift concert, a fine gold hunting watch and a $75 melodeon.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The ice crop in Rock Island is the largest harvested in ten years.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Charles McHugh entertained 275 women at a musicale in the parlors of the Harper House.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Voting on an ordinance to pave the way for the beginning of construction on a proposed new $275,000 bridge from 3rd Ave. and 16th St., Moline, to the Rock Island Arsenal must await a conference between the Moline Council and the three property owners of the district affected.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The American flag used at the dedication of the first bridge across the Mississippi will have a part in the 100th anniversary celebration of the event April 21. It will be carried across the present government bridge in a reenactment of the first crossing.

1981 -- 25 years ago
In 1937, as a child, Betty Garner of Moline, bought a series of paper dolls. The series, ''First Ladies,''depicts the wives, daughters or hostesses of each U.S. president from Martha Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt and an inaugural gown or outstanding dress representative of the woman.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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