Day in history for December 6, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that large quantities of wood, coal and hay are sold in various parts of Rock Island without being weighed or measured. There is a penalty for this and it ought to be enforced.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Thomas J. Cary was elected president of the Land League when the group met this week. Also named were Thomas Thornton, vice president; Joh Mulqueen, secretary; and Henry Harrison, treasurer. Col. J.B. Danforth presided.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Ben Gruwell as ''The Gingerbread Man'' will be at the Illinois Theater on Dec. 8.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Final decision as between extension of the Rock Island Federal Building and a new building for the city will be made tomorrow at a conference in Washington, D.C.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Postmaster Ben W. Sharp has reported to authorities that vandals have broken off the flagpole in front of the Reynolds Post Office. The top of the pole was broken off and the rope cut.

1981 -- 25 years ago
An East Moline based family trust bought John Deere School and its adjacent property Saturday for $154,500. Albert R. Van Tieghem, East Moline trustee for the McKay Family Trust, was the only bidder for the building. The school, at 910 17th Ave., East Moline, was the oldest building in the district.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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