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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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