Day in history for December 26, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We are gratified today to greet our friend, Dr. K. Ryland, who has just returned from the cold regions of the north where he has been serving as surgeon with the Pembina expedition.

1881 -- 125 years ago
W.M. Brown, a former Rock Island newspaperman, now of Minneapolis, Minn., is visiting old friends in Rock Island.

1906 -- 100 years ago
E.C. Eberhart was high gun at the Christmas shoot of the Rock Island Gun Club. He got two turkeys and one chicken.

1931 -- 75 years ago
''The Battle With Old Father Time,'' a series of episodes and dramatizations, will be presented at the Memorial Christian Church tomorrow.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An offer calling for the sale of the Fort Armstrong Hotel for $554,000 will be either accepted or rejected at the annual meeting of the owner stockholders at 2 p.m. Jan. 3. Stockholders of the Fort Armstrong Co., owner of the hotel, will consider an offer made by the Rockland Corp.

1981 -- 25 years ago
One of the ways that people of Scandanavian heritage celebrate the Christmas season according to Gust Gustafson, ''unofficial manager'' of the Viking Thor Lodge No. 9, is with a somewhat different hot drink made for the holidays called ''Jul Glogg.'' In fact, 76-year-old Gust recalls his mother making it when he was a boy in Sweden.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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