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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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