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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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