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: 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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