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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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