Day in history for November 7, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
On Tuesday evening, a little girl was crossing the river to Davenport on the ferry with a roll of manuscript entitled ''My Trip to France and Rome, No. 5,'' which she lost. It was being sent over the river to be copied. A reward of $5 will be paid for its return.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Arrangements are being made to raise the hull of the Jennie Gilchrist which sank in a collision with the Rock Island bridge some time ago.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Head Clerk C.W. Hawes of the Modern Woodmen of America announced a gain of 4,456 members in October. The membership now stands at 822,763.

1931 -- 75 years ago
First basketball practice of the year was held in the Augustana College gymnasium this week with a group of 20 reporting to Coach Art Swedberg.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Burglars stole a stock of sweaters, stockings and women's undergarments last night from Herman's Hosiery and Underwear Co., Black Hawk Road and 30th St., Rock Island.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Visitors to the new Mercer County Hospital would appreciate it even more if they took a trip through the old hospital first. The new hospital, where there is an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, is spacious, warm and cheerful, contrasting sharply with the dark, dreary, musty old building that is being vacated.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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