Day in history for December 8, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The board of managers of the Young Men's Christian Association will hold their regular meeting tonight at the First Presbyterian Church.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Twenty-four enlisted men on the island have formed a new branch of the Land League, the members of which are all of Irish nativity.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Members of the Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans, held their annual meeting for the election of officers. Edward N. Lundberg was named commander.

1931 -- 75 years ago
State's Attorney Ben S. Bell, who has long been regarded as a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress from the 16th district, has decided to be a candidate for reelection to the office of county prosecutor.

1956 -- 50 years ago
After 34 years, Harry W. Pells is going to change business sites. He opened his service station on the corner east of the Rock Island City Hall in 1922. Now he is moving to make way for the completion of a one-block off street parking lot.

1981 -- 25 years ago
When Stan McClellan looked into a box of Golden Grahams Monday morning he noticed a plastic wrapper with a certificate inside. He had just won $10,000. The sudden bonanza sent a wave of excitement through the nine-member McClellan family, of 1420 36th St., Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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