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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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