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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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