Day in history for January 31, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We hear that a change is about to take place in the management of the Rock Island House. The new proprietors are understood to be Mr. Woodin, from Auburn, N.Y., and Mr. Hewitt, of Chicago. The House has recently been much improved and enlarged.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The snow on the city's streets was turning to slush today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
A meeting of the city Democratic committee will be held tomorrow evening at the Rock Island House to consider the new primary law.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Fire believed to have been caused by an overheated furnace resulted in considerable damage to the interior of the home occupied by Cedric Johnson, 3505 11th St., Rock Island, shortly after 7 this morning.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Appointment of Norman W. Tischer as circulation manager of The Argus was announced today by the publishers. Mr. Tischer has been an Argus employee 17 years and since May 1954 has been assistant manager of the circulation department.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Armory was turned into an indoor track for the weekend, drawing bike racers from five states for the first sanctioned bicycle moto-cross competition to be held in the Quad-Cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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