Day in history for September 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Messrs. Riley, Wright and Co. have bought out J.H. Kinney and intend to carry on all branches of the gas fitting business. They have a large stock of fixtures and doubtless will do a good business.

1881 -- 125 years ago
At a meeting in the courthouse last night, arrangements were made to hold memorial exercises for deceased President Garfield. A procession will make its way to the courthouse square where there will be devotional exercises.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Zinc bearing quartz has been found on several farms in Andalusia Township.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Albert F. Hyink, 1211 1/2 38th St., Rock Island, will direct the Business Girls' Club of the YWCA during the fall and winter, according to an announcement made today by Miss Carla Holtermann, Business Girls' secretary.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A new industry, which will prepare a frozen cookie product for national distribution, has begun operation in Rock Island. Dottie's Quickie Cookies are now being made at 529 41st St., formerly the site of Smith's Apple House.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Optimist Club has cancelled its plans to sponsor the Holiday on Ice performances in December because the venture has become a money-losing one. The Optimist Club has been hosting it for over 30 years.

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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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