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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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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