Day in history for December 30, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Rock Islanders are rejoicing in the prospect of a very fine map of the city by Mr. Doran.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Hennepin Canal Committee took steps to raise $600, this city's quota toward the expense of printing and distributing a memorial to Congress.

1906 -- 100 years ago
An 8-hour day will go into effect at the Augustana Book Concern with the advent of the new year.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Oscar Apple, Rock Island checkers enthusiast, will meet Tri-City checker players in an exhibition match in the YMCA New Year's Day. Apple will play as many as 25 players simultaneously.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The first cigar store in the Hickey Bros. chain, 132 E. 3rd St., Davenport, has closed. For 55 years Hickey Bros. operated the store, which was the birthplace of the chain, which eventually grew to 130 stores in 19 states, the District of Columbia and Havana, Cuba. Considerable sentiment had been attached to the store by the Hickey brothers, William A. and the late D.J. Hickey Jr.

1981 -- 25 years ago
John Snowden, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Snowden, 2717 20th Ave., Rock Island, is on a 20-day tour of Europe with 43 other members of the special mixed chorus of the University of Illinois. The group left Sunday and will perform in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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