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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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