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: 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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