Day in history for December 7, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi River Bridge Co. will run trains of cars between Rock Island and Davenport during the winter months and probably longer.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island merchants will meet during the week to discuss the propriety of establishing electric lights along 2nd Avenue.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Dr. M.A. Hollingsworth has returned from Chicago where he attended the annual meeting of the Illinois Veterinary Society.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Dr. G.A. Andreen of Augustana College will be one of a committee of college presidents representing all sections of the United States who will have an audience with President Herbert Hoover at 10 Thursday morning in the White House.

1956 -- 50 years ago
All students at Edison School, 9th St. and 42nd Ave., Rock Island, were evacuated at 11:05 this morning because of a fire in an addition being constructed to the school. Three Rock Island fire companies and the aerial ladder truck were dispatched to the scene.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The Moline post office lobby, previously open 24 hours a day, will be closed at night beginning this week. Al Doyle, superintendent of postal operations at Moline, said the lobby, the last in the Quad-Cities to be open 24 hours, is closing because of vandalism.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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