Day in history for December 19, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The snow continues to drift badly on the railroad to Iowa City. The train which left there at 6 yesterday morning did not arrive here until 6 in the evening.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The performance of J. Randall Brown, the mind reader, attracted a good sized audience last evening at Harper's Theater.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The lyric glee club, assisted by Miss Mary Agnes Doyle, reader, gave the second number in the lyceum course at Augustana College yesterday.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Thirteen firms from nine states submitted bids yesterday afternoon for the construction of the massive Rock Island roller dam, the Davenport sea wall and intercepting sewer. The lowest bid was $3,321,972.91 by a Detroit, Mich., firm.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A new stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Hamilton will be released Jan. 11 through the New York City Post Office. The stamp will be placed on sale in Rock Island Jan. 12, according to Postmaster John J. McCarthy.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A fire Saturday morning gutted a building, which housed Mr. Legs clothing business and Hobert's Fireplace Headquarters. It also ignited memories of the store's long commercial history. The building at 2414 16th St., Moline, was owned by Bonita Hobert and her husband, Thomas.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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