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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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