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 large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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