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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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