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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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