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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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