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: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.

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