Day in history for January 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
John R. Stafford was brought before A.F. Swander Esq. on Tuesday last for passing counterfeit money.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A meeting of the Irish Land League was held yesterday, Daniel Daly presiding.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Carl C. Countryman of Chicago has been secured to give an entertainment at the YMCA Friday night. He is a popular impersonator.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Registration for the new semester at Rock Island High School reached a total of 1,073 pupils and with late entries was expected to be slightly more than 1,100.

1956 -- 50 years ago
United Township High School's rifle team scored a double victory last night in a match at Moline High School. Varsity boys defeated Moline's first team and East Moline girls defeated the Moline boys' second team. In a practice session preceding the match, Diane Walker of East Moline shot a perfect score of 100.

1981 -- 25 years ago
It's a long way from Varmland province, Sweden, to Rock Island County, but Birger and Lyal Swenson haven't forgotten their roots. The Rock Island couple is donating $500,000 to Augustana College to establish archives and a research center documenting the emigration of Swedes to North America.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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