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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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