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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