Day in history for January 6, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We hear that the Hutchinsons had a crowded house and repeated their usual abolition songs offering insults to such names as President Pierce, Sen. Douglas, Edward Everett, Judge Curtice, and others.

1881 -- 125 years ago
During the month of December a total of 19,251 foot passengers crossed the Rock Island bridge; also 533 passenger cars, 9,443 freight cars and 19,630 teams.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-Cities Newswriters Assn. held a dinner gathering at the Harms Hotel last night. James F. Egan delivered the address.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Plans for the Rock Island locks and dam for the nine foot channel development have been approved by the federal engineer board for rivers and harbors.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County sheriff's deputies and Davenport police searched the skies and land along the Mississippi River from Credit Island to Andalusia after receiving reports on ''ships from outer space.'' But they learned the ''saucers'' were only reflections from powerful searchlights turned on to advertise the opening of a supermarket at Monmouth.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The United Township High School board voted Monday to obtain a $5,000 option to buy 5.8 acres of land next to south campus.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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