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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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