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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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