Day in history for February 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
On Saturday a large double tenement frame house on Front Street was destroyed by fire. One half of the house was owned by Widow Lingle and the other was owned by Mr. Barnes, keeper of the Camden plank road bridges.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Train service has been fully restored and today the big storm is only a memory.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a dispatch from Washington announcing the marriage of Nicholas Longworth and Alice Roosevelt. The ceremony was performed by Rt. Rev. Henry Y. Satterlee, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Miss Bernice Case, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Case, Rock Island, was today declared winner of The Argus-Fort popularity contest for high school students. She will receive a free six-day trip to Washington, D.C.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The City of Rock Island doesn't intend to ban the sale of baby chicks as an Easter season promotion by stores. A ban has been imposed in Moline by the Moline health officer.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Silvis firefighters have been attracting a crowd of spectators the last few days as they put the new $238,000 aerial fire truck through its paces at the 11th Street Park.

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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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