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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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