Day in history for December 11, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We now have gas of good quality and in great abundance. We presume no opportunity will be given for fault-finding hereafter. The improvements in purifying will soon make gas of the very purest quality.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The office of County Superintendent of Schools for Rock Island is at present vacant. The term of M.M. Sturgeon expired by limitation early this month.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The board of directors of the YMCA plans a canvass for funds to make extensive improvements in the association's building, including the construction of a swimming tank and modern bathrooms.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island and Davenport Aeries of Eagles, engaging in their second annual euchre contest, will complete the first half of the year's competition in Davenport club rooms.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Top award in the bride's division in the eighth annual Pillsbury ''bakeoff'' when to Mrs. Raymond E. Myers of Milan, Ill., for ''easy cheesy buns,'' a no-knead roll flavored with American cheese. She won $3,000 for her recipe.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Oil paintings by 10 local artists will be on display in the Moline Public Library's Rotary Room through Dec. 30. The paintings were done by students in an oil painting class sponsored by the Moline Park Board.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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