Day in history for November 21, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Business houses were closed, labor suspended and nearly all places of worship were open yesterday in observance of Thanksgiving Day. In the evening, a large dancing party assembled at Farnam House.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Viola tied up below the city waterworks yesterday. A wind sprang up and blew the little craft on shore. After working all day the captain succeeded in floating it.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Davenport Theatrical Company will be seen here at Turner Hall tomorrow in ''Der Weisse Rabe.''

1931 -- 75 years ago
Volunteer workers registered for service in the community-wide campaign to sell the $350,000 of available stock in the Rock Island Bank And Trust Co. to be organized through the consolidation of three other banks in the city.

1956 -- 50 years ago
There'll be music in the air in downtown Rock Island for the fifth consecutive year, beginning at noon Friday. Christmas carols again will be broadcast from the WHBF-TV tower, providing general coverage over the entire business district.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Doug Yordy, 33, of Atkinson, will be honored at a program at 1:30 p.m. Monday as the Rock Island Arsenal's outstanding handicapped employee for 1981. Yordy works as a personnel assistant and deals with employee insurance and retirement matters.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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