Day in history for December 5, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Alderman Loewenthal bought the old jail the other day on a high bid of $1,500 on the expectation that the city would want it for a calaboose.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The enlarged Buford Plow Works will be visited by many patrons from Minnesota and other states Thursday.

1906 -- 100 years ago
A prisoner at the police station committed suicide today by climbing on the grating back of his cell and casting himself down to the pavement.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Baseball Club has made a deal with the St. Louis Browns of the American League to receive optioned players from the Browns during the 1932 season, providing the Mississippi Valley League ''doctors'' its constitution next month at the annual meeting in Keokuk to permit this procedure by its members clubs.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The day of the stoop-shouldered mailman may be at an end in Rock Island, thanks to the innovation of the mail cart. Fifteen mailmen in the city made their rounds today pushing carts loaded with mail instead of lugging the mail sack on their backs.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A market for every station and a station for every market, that's the story of radio in the Quad-Cities. It's highly competitive, all right, with 10 commercial stations based in the Quad-City metropolitan area.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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