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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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