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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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