Day in history for February 13, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We are always glad to receive communications upon any matter of public interest, but they must always be accompanied by a responsible name.

1881 -- 125 years ago
J.F. McKibbern, manager of the American Express Co., was ill at his home today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Gov. A.B. Cummins of Iowa delivered an address on Abraham Lincoln last night at the annual dinner of the Rock Island Club.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Maj. Glen E. Edgerton, Rock Island District Engineer, today said that specifications for the Rock Island locks project have been approved with minor modifications and that advertisements for bids will be sent out late next week.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An investigation by the Rock Island County sheriff's office of reports of large animal footprints in the vicinity of 48th St. and 18th Ave., Moline, this morning turned up no evidence of any such beast.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A Peoria businessman told Moline officials he wants to build a 30-acre family fun park with rides and an arcade near 47th Ave. and 53rd St. Kendall Toureene of Group VI of Peoria asked the Moline Plan Commission for a zoning variance so the firm can build the park on land now zoned for multi-family residential use.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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