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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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