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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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