Day in history for February 1, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Appearances now indicate an active opening of business in the spring. There will probably be a greater influx of population, more building, and more business here the coming season than in any one year previous.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Last night at a meeting of citizens held at the Harper House resolutions were passed supporting the Hennepin Canal project.

1906 -- 100 years ago
While John Ohlweiler Sr. was entertaining the Royal Cinch Club at his home he was serenaded by the Rock Island mannerchoir. The musicians were invited in for a social evening.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island and Moline together had a retail trade business of $39,060,690 in 1929, it was revealed today in figures compiled by the federal bureau of census at Washington in connection with the census of distribution taken in 1930.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Arrangements for disposition of 18 houses on 13th St., East Moline, future site of a new John Deere Co. warehouse, are almost completed.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Dr. Julia Penelope, linguist and feminist, will present a free lecture on ''Language and Power'' at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Centennial Hall, Augustana College. Her visit is sponsored by the Augustana English Department and by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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