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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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