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: 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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