Day in history for February 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
If the ordinance in relation to vagrancy is rigidly enforced it will rid this city of a large number of worthless creatures, both male and female.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. McGaw, Central Presbyterian Church, preached this morning on ''The Miraculous Drought of Fishes.''

1906 -- 100 years ago
The stock of the People's Power Co. hit the top notch at $224 per share.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Continental Construction Co. of Kansas City, Mo., which is building a 1,000-mile natural gas pipe line from Texas to Chicago, is considering lower Rock Island County as a possible site for one of its compressor stations.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Iowa Highway Commission plans to relocate Highway 67, east of Bettendorf, along a route near the river. The state has obtained the right-of-way for a stretch for about a mile east of the Alcoa plant, but another several miles will have to be acquired.

1981 -- 25 years ago
John Weber says a small handgun can seem as big as a cannon when a robber is pointing it at you three feet from your face. Weber didn't argue much with the man who walked into his shop, Weber's Jewelry and Gift Store, 587 42nd Ave., East Moline, and demanded rings, loose jewels and wallets.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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