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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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