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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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