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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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