Day in history for November 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Judge Sheldon of Galena is presiding over the fall term of our court, replacing Judge Drury. We hear him very highly spoken of by the bar as a man of fine legal ability.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The commission in charge of the project of constructing the Hennepin Canal will meet in Chicago next week. Delegates will be present from Illinois and Iowa.

1906 -- 100 years ago
While the owner was in the YMCA building today, someone stole his horse and rig. Later it was found hitched in front of a First Avenue saloon.

1931 -- 75 years ago
C. Wayland Brooks, assistant states attorney of Cook County and an ex-serviceman, pictured the horrors of war and the folly of unpreparedness in an address at Armistice Day ceremonies sponsored by the Moline American Legion.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A shipment of diamonds direct from the Kimberly mines near Johannesburg, South Africa, arrived at Woods Jewelers Inc. in Rock Island today. The polished stones were cut from virgin rough diamonds, meaning they have never been individually owned before.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Scott County officials will break ground Thursday on a $4.9 million jail improvement project. An annex will link the jail with the county courthouse and office building underground and at the first floor level.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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