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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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