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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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