Day in history for January 2, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Dr. L.A. Lichtenhein will open a select school for the reception of pupils of both sexes on the second day of January, 1856.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Last night the Buford Plow Works suffered heavy damage by fire, the main building being destroyed. The forge shop and the new building were saved by great effort.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Insurance adjustors were busy estimating the loss by the fire in the mines of the Devlin estate at Marquette, Ill., of which W.A. Rosenfield of Rock Island is receiver.

1931 -- 75 years ago
With more than usual reserve and quietness the New Year was welcomed in Rock Island and the Quad-Cities.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Nelson left Thursday for Chicago where they expected to fly to Florida and from there to the Dominican Republic. The Galva couple accompanied two Arabian horses, purchased by Dr. William L. Munson of Cambridge for the ruler of the Dominican Republic, who will show the horses in a livestock show next Sunday.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The federal minimum wage was increased from $3.10 to $3.35. The raise, provided for in 1977 amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act, affects about 5.6 million workers across the nation.

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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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