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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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