Day in history for February 12, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Our citizens are availing themselves to the full of the bountiful fall of snow for the enjoyment of the rare luxury of sleigh-riding.

1881 -- 125 years ago
D.G.E. Barth was elected secretary of the Rodman Rifles to take the place of J.K. Cooke.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The new amusement hall and two buildings for tuberculosis patients at the Watertown Hospital plant will be dedicated next Monday.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Federal authorities launched an investigation of the Quad-City liquor war which flared Sunday morning with the bombing of the Moline Sandwich Shop.

1956 -- 50 years ago
When the new $1-an-hour minimum wage goes into effect March 1, it is likely to boost the annual payroll figures of Rock Island and Scott counties about $1 million.

1981 -- 25 years ago
On Sept. 1, 1857, a tall, gangly Springfield lawyer spent the day examining the railroad bridge between Rock Island and Davenport and the waters of the Mississippi River below it. The day's examination completed, the lawyer left for Chicago. Abraham Lincoln was ready to go to trial. This was the Lincoln of Illinois, the Lincoln not yet called to walk the national stage toward an eventual tragedy. The nation celebrates his birthday today.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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