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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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