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: 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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