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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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