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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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