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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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