Day in history for December 10, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Coal was selling in town Saturday at 40 cents per bushel. The enormous extortion practiced by coal haulers when they find the supply is not equal to the demand is outrageous.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Today is the 47th birthday of Alderman George W. Henry's and a large number of friends have arranged for a party at his residence this evening.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.W. Foss of Augustana College has consented to give a series of four lectures at the young men's Sunday meetings at the YMCA during January.

1931 -- 75 years ago
About 500 are expected to attend the annual meeting of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau Saturday in the Moline Elks Club, John R. Spencer, advisor, announced.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Police Department today received its first Christmas card of the 1956 yule season from a Long Branch, N.J., man who included a thank you note for ''the fine way I was treated'' by police as a ''hobo'' in Rock Island 23 years ago.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Heritage of the Quad-Cities, one of three localized ''Monopoly'' games in stores this fall, features an aerial photo of the metropolitan area surrounded by game squares purchased by local businesses. Two of the games are now available in stores and the third will be available Tuesday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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