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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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