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 board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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