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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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