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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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