Day in history for September 2, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Sam Myers, late of the Chicago Theatre, informs us that he has fitted up LeClaire Hall in Davenport and will open tomorrow with a talented corps of actors in the play ''Uncle Tom's Cabin.''

1881 -- 125 years ago
Harry Abell of Rock Island received his commission as a second lieutenant in Company D, 14th battalion.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Argus received word that its new $10,000 double deck Duplex press was being shipped here from Battle Creek, Mich.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Paul A. Dahlen, 1534 29 1/2 St., Rock Island, recently elected director of the Rock Island YMCA, has been appointed chairman of the annual membership drive.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Gordon Roth of the Red Dot Potato Chip Co., 1223 5th Ave., Rock Island, told Rock Island police this morning that thieves who took a large quantity of unsaleable cheese popcorn last night should think twice before eating it. Roth warned that eating the substandard popcorn could make the eaters very sick.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline police are launching a new phase in their war against crime and they're counting on the press, businessmen and tipsters to join their ranks. Police Chief Thomas Smaha told the city council about plans under way since last December to start a Crime Stoppers program in Moline.

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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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