Day in history for February 2, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
It will be perceived by the proceedings of the City Council that the present government is determined to have the question settled in relation to the limits of the city. The question of the legality of taxes imposed upon the residents of the disputed territory will settle the matter.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Taylor Williams of Sterling struck a four-foot vein of coal on the J.B. Cox property near Hampton at a depth of 85 feet.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Capt. H.A.J. McDonald was appointed postmaster of Rock Island today. The Argus printed a sketch of his life.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Herbert Swanson, campus pastor of Augustana College was offered the pastorate of the First Lutheran Church, Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
More than $75,000 in new furniture went up in smoke early this afternoon as flames gutted the State Furniture Co. Inc. warehouse at 320-322 W. River Dr., Davenport.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Helen Dennison, of 706 5th St., Green Rock, reigned as ''Muscatine Pearl Button Queen'' for four days in 1946 after Ronald Reagan picked her to wear the crown. In 1980, she returned the favor by helping elect that same screen star president of the United States.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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