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: 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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