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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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