Day in history for September 16, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Our citizens are beginning to build sidewalks with commendable energy. We hope they will have them all completed before the 1st of next month.

1881 -- 125 years ago
G.M. Porter, manager of the telegraph office here, resigned and will accept a similar post at Blackfoot, Idaho.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Efforts were being made to secure the state convention of the Retail Liquor Dealers' Association for Rock Island next year.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A spectacular fire raged through four buildings of the former D.M. Sechler Implement Co., 3rd Avenue and 7th Street, Moline, causing damage estimated in excess of $100,000 to the plant and adjacent factories.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A century-old law book with a historical background will be offered to the Illinois Historical Society by a Rock Islander. The book, ''Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England,'' published in 1853, was originally a part of the library in the law office of Lincoln and Hay in Springfield. It is now owned by L.V. Mallory.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Third-graders at Moline's Ericsson School got a sneak preview Tuesday of Charlie Corpuscle, the new symbol and representative of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Charlie will help educate people to the need for blood.

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