Day in history for December 27, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Christmas was a very quiet institution in Rock Island, no fights, nobody drunk and no police items. A good many went to church and some went skating.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Members of the Ada Gray combination registered at the Harper House yesterday.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Young Men's Christian Assn. will hold open house on New Year's Day.

1931 -- 75 years ago
City employees will contribute two percent of their monthly salaries, beginning in January, to the City Council Committee on Unemployment.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The first Hungarian refugees are expected to arrive in the Quad-Cities tomorrow. Laszlo Kovacs, 2516 15th Ave., Moline, who is sponsoring his nephew and the man's wife, talked to him yesterday. The 28-year-old Hungarian called from Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Kovacs said the couple were flown to the U.S. from Vienna in the Air Force airlift.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The annual Coyne Center-Coal Valley winter water fight is akin to someone going outside in the freezing cold, turning on the garden hose and standing under the spray. Sensible people don't do that. But more than 15 volunteer fire departments thought it sounded like fun so they went to Coal Valley last Saturday to participate in the third annual winter water fights.

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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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