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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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