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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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