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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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