Day in history for January 19, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We noticed a new building on Madison St. erected for a depot of Moffit's patent threshing machines by Messrs. Owens, Lane and Dyer. These gentlemen will establish a manufactory in our city for these machines and other agricultural implements.

1881 -- 125 years ago
It was announced today that Samuel Clark has been elected president of the Richland Grove Vigilance committee.

1906 -- 100 years ago
S.S. Hull was installed last night as prophet of Ki Ki Tribe No. 359, Improved Order of Red Men.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Fort Theater celebrated its 10th anniversary today.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Leilani Mead, Rock Island High School senior, has been named winner of the local Betty Crocker Search for the Homemaker of Tomorrow. She was chosen on the basis of comprehensive tests in the field of homemaking.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Helen Hamilton of Moline received an unexpected surprise at her retirement party when friends presented her with a letter of congratulations from a former co-worker, President-elect Ronald Reagan. Hamilton retired last month with 26 years of service at the Rock Island Arsenal, but Reagan recalled the times in 1933 when they worked together at WOC Radio in Davenport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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