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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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