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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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