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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