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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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