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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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