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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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