Day in history for December 14, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We are requested by Mr. Lee to give notice that Dr. Boynton will deliver the first lecture before his association early next week.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The pest house committee of Rock Island and Moline will discuss a desirable location for the proposed institution.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The work of remodeling the Crampton building, adjoining the Hotel Harms, is progressing rapidly.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Officials praise of the highest order has come through war department channels to Col. D.M. King, commandant of the Rock Island Arsenal, for his administration of the Arsenal since 1921.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The job of unloading a big 270,900-pound transformer has been completed at Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co. new substation site on Andalusia Rd., 1 1/2 miles west of Milan. Part of the 161,000-volt interconnecting transmission line project now under construction between Galesburg and the Quad-Cities, the transformer with accessories was shipped recently from the Westinghouse plant at Sharon, Penn.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Between 3,000 and 5,000 skiiers and those just curious attended an open house Sunday at Snowstar, a new ski slope southwest of Andalusia. The Rock Island County sheriff's department said traffic was heavy on Illinois 92 leading to the slope.

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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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