Day in history for February 4, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Some swindler who calls himself ''J.D. Wilford, Box 611, Chicago,'' wants us to publish his humbug advertisement. Truth and honesty on the face of the advertisement and cash in advance for its publication are required.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The county clerk's office today was supplied with a Bell telephone.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Cornelius Donovan announced his candidacy for sheriff in the coming Democratic primary.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Harry H. Cleaveland of Rock Island, director of the Illinois Department of Public Works and Buildings, told contractors yesterday before opening bids on a long list of proposed highway projects, that the state will insist that contractors pay the going rate of wages and hire men from the localities in which the work is being done.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An emergency plan for disposition of garbage was announced today by East Moline city officials after authorities of Rock Island and Henry counties ordered a halt to disposition outside the city.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Hamfest '81, the 21st annual amateur radio show sponsored by the Sterling-Rock Falls Amateur Radio Society, will be held Sunday at the Sterling High School Field House.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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