Day in history for December 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We had a slow, warm rain all day, and continuing in the evening. People continued to cross the river on the ice, at the imminent risk of a dunking, if not of death.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The shareholders of the Electric Light Company met and appointed M.G. Mills, C.E. Fisher and C.E. Hawley a committee on incorporation.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mayor McCaskrin, Alderman Dauber and Alderman Eckhart have returned from Washington, D.C., where they attended the meeting of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress as delegates of Rock Island.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Francis Parker, 19-year-old shortstop of the Moline Baseball Club of the Mississippi Valley League, has been sold to the Detroit Tigers on a make-good basis.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A Moline man, Henry E. VanHoorebeck, is new commander of the Rock Island County Pearl Harbor Veterans Association, succeeding Harvey Klindt of Davenport. Other new officers include Glen Moffitt, Aledo, vice commander, and John Miller, Rock Island, adjutant. Total membership in the organization is 28.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Three firefighters and one resident of a 16-unit Silvis apartment building were injured Tuesday night when fire ravaged the building at 834-36 11th St. Ct., causing about $250,000 damage.

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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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