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: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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