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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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