Day in history for January 23, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
At a meeting of the Rock Island City Council last night a committee recommended the purchasing of one fire engine.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. R.H. Barnes of Keota, Iowa, was in charge of services today at the United Presbyterian Church.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Cinch Club gave a farewell party in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John Marten.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Max Schmeling, heavyweight boxing champion of the world, will appear in an exhibition bout at the Moline Field House on April 8.

1956 -- 50 years ago
''Operation Family Lift'' was re-routed through Rock Island yesterday morning. Rock Island relatives of men serving aboard the USS Worchester had the opportunity for a brief visit with some of their loved ones. The Navy is moving the families of men serving aboard the ship from the east to the west coast.

1981 -- 25 years ago
''They Are Free, Thank GOD.'' Those are the only words on 10 billboards set up this week throughout the Quad-Cities. The dramatic release of the 52 American hostages from Iran Tuesday prompted a Rock Island advertising firm to post the signs to express the relief felt nationwide when the Iranian government ended the captives' 14-month ordeal.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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