Day in history for December 31, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A butcher in the upper part of town was bitten on the hand by a rabid dog. A doctor was called and the infected part was removed. The wound was exploded with gunpowder, cauterized and dressed.

1881 -- 125 years ago
M.G. Mills, T.H. Thomas, J.M. Reticker, Frank Wheaton and C.E. Hawley were elected directors of the Rock Island Electric Light Assn.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Saturday night 2,960 candidates were initiated into the Modern Woodmen of America here. This is the largest class in the history of the society.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Approximately $1,334,000 was spent in wages by the Rock Island Lines in the shops here during 1931.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Plans for the construction of a new convent were announced yesterday at masses in St. Mary's Church, Moline. The building will be located near 11th St. and 4th Ave., east of the church. The convent will be for the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary's parish.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Deere And Co.'s acquisition of an Illinois life insurance company has been approved by directors of each company. Pending approval by stockholders, Central-National Financial Corp. will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of John Deere Life Insurance Co. Central-National stockholders are to vote on the transaction at a meeting in late January.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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