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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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