Day in history for January 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A large delegation from Chicago arrived in this city Wednesday evening and stopped at the Island City Hotel. The group was on a railroad excursion to Iowa City and back to Chicago.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Republican County Convention, held today at the courthouse, named J.F. Ankrum for sheriff. Conrad Grantz of Moline was chairman and J.W. Ballard secretary.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Benjamin S. Cable, son of R.R. Cable of Rock Island, was appointed General Attorney for the Rock Island Railroad.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Lines will interpose no objections to government engineers plans for nine foot channel locks and dam in the Mississippi River at Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rep. Fred Schwengel, Davenport, was scheduled to meet today in Washington with Assistant Postmaster General Albert J. Robertson to discuss the possibility of a commemorative stamp for the Rock Island Railroad Bridge Centennial Celebration.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A Silvis dog exhibitor was the top winner at the awards dinner of the Tri-City Kennel Club Saturday. Frank Pouder, 1704 16th Ave., received awards for his six cocker spaniels who were named champions during 1980.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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