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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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