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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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