Day in history for December 22, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
About 1,200 dead letters were packed up at the Post Office here and forwarded to Washington, D.C. They were the accumulation of the last three months.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The new city electric lighting system is about completed. A test made last night was very satisfactory.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Peter Fries estate offered to build a $30,000 building across from the Hotel Harms for the use of the Elks.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island County Dental Society, at its annual meeting in the Fort Armstrong Hotel, elected Dr. Arthur E. Glawe of Rock Island as president to succeed Dr. I.I. Morton, also of this city.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Two European Fallow deer are newcomers to the Children's Zoo at Fejervary Park, Davenport. The animals, almost white in color, weigh about 150 pounds each and stand about four feet high at the shoulders. The animals were presented to the Zoo by Eagle Food Centers.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The last towboat of the year headed for Clinton on the Mississippi this week from Davenport, hoping to return before the ice socks in river traffic. Traffic at Dubuque's Lock and Dam 11 has shut down. River traffic through Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island, for the week totaled 29 towboats and 126 barges moving 146,400 tons of cargo.

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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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