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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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