Day in history for December 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Patrick Meighan was elected city marshal at the meeting of the city council. Philip Simmons and James Hill were elected supervisors.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The second social entertainment of the Migonnette Pleasure Club will be at Turner Hall New Year's Eve. In charge are P.P. Pfaff, G.H. Siemon, J.F. Glaub, W.B. Christello and T.F. Wheelan.

1906 -- 100 years ago
George W. Gamble, circuit clerk, is on his way to Chicago where he will meet his daughter, Ruth, who will spend the Christmas vacation with him.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Edward N. Lundberg, Rock Island, was re-elected president of the Rock Island branch of the National Assn. of Letter Carriers at the annual meeting in the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Acquisition of four Geifman Food Stores by Eagle Food Shopping Centers has been cancelled. The Geifman stores will continue to operate under the Geifman name and management of George, Sam and Morris Geifman.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Merchants say the two-day farmer boycott of Geneseo merchants this week had little economic effect, but farm leaders say the demonstration accomplished its purpose. The boycott was organized by three farm groups as a protest to the city's 1 percent sales tax on farm machinery sales above $1,000.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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