Day in history for February 28, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A gang of counterfeiters and horse thieves are roving through northern Missouri and southwestern Iowa, say the papers.

1881 -- 125 years ago
August Treman of Milan recently shipped from Nebraska to Chicago 66 head of fine cattle. Today he shipped 54 head of Durhams averaging 1,478 pounds each.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At the recent decoration of the Masonic Temple, the various charters of the Masonic bodies were reframed. The Argus carried a story today about early Masonic history here.

1931 -- 75 years ago
United States Engineers are projecting vast improvements on the Mississippi River in the Quad-City sector. One of them will be the Rock Island dam.

1956 -- 50 years ago
John Siefken, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Siefken, of 2188 18th St., East Moline, has been selected to represent the 14th district in the third division American Legion Oratorical Contest to be held Friday in Chillicothe, Ill.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline's Grant School and its century-old bell are the basis for a screenplay three production companies are considering for a family-oriented television show. Sam Grogg, head of the California based Media Development Associates, Inc., attended Grant School in the late 1950s.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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