Day in history for February 3, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Friends of the resident Methodist minister, the Rev. S.G.J. Worthington, who desire to aid in his support and that of the church, are asked to call at the parsonage on Wednesday and leave their contributions.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Island House is to be opened to the public tomorrow.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Taylor Ridge ground hog saw his shadow yesterday and that means winter is to continue.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The largest and most representative automobile show ever held in the Quad-Cities opened at noon today in the Boone building, 13th Street and 5th Avenue, Rock Island. Automobile men declare it is the most elaborate show of its kind ever held in the middle west, outside Chicago.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Screams, squeals and signs of delight dominated Rock Island Armory last night at the Quad-City Autorama. The squeals came from teen-age girls and had nothing to do with the beautiful new cars. They were in appreciation of the singing of Pat Boone and the Four Lads.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Capt. Dave Frances of the Arsenal police said he's pleased with the first-day results of an experiment to make the Moline Arsenal Bridge on-ramp an exit during the rush hour.

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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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