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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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