Day in history for February 14, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Ladies Fair and Festival of the Episcopal Church was the pleasant affair everybody anticipated. It was held in the seminary building.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Trains were running regularly again today after the big snow storm.

1906 -- 100 years ago
William Edgington, who moved from his home in this county to Washington, Iowa, died last night at the age of 66. He was the son of John Edgington, one of the early settlers of the county.

1931 -- 75 years ago
South Rock Island Republicans will hold their township nominating caucus to select a slate of candidates for the township election Friday, Feb. 27. The meeting will be held in Town Hall.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Operators of western Illinois mink ranches, along with the rest of the country's mink producers, have piled up a record season, according to Randy Blunt of Andalusia. Mr. Blunt has been in the mink business the past 10 years.

1981 -- 25 years ago
It was about 16 years ago that Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, East Moline, bought 5 1/2 wooded acres along Kennedy Drive near 50th Avenue in East Moline as a site for a new church. They will begin construction of a $750,000 church on the site in May.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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