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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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