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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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