Day in history for February 19, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A locomotive which was being hauled over the river on sleds for the M And M Railroad was nearly capsized and detained several hours in the middle of the river.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Davenport was supporting 187 saloons, according to an estimate released today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
H.A.J. McDonald will assume office as postmaster on March 1, succeeding T.H. Thomas.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City boxing fans will have the privilege of seeing 32 rounds of boxing and a 1-fall wrestling match at the Davenport Coliseum tonight, with the battle between Jock Malone, St. Paul Flash, and Kid Leonard of East Moline, as the headliner.

1956 -- 50 years ago
About 90 persons attended the first reunion of the Rock Island Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc., last night at the Harper House Ballroom.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A Growmark Inc. official has announced that the firm has chosen a three-acre piece of property in Rock Island's riverfront industrial belt for its planned grain barge terminal. The agri-products shipping and handling company has not yet bought the property and still is negotiating the price.

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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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