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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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