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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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