Day in history for November 23, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The voters of Rock Island County have decided to adopt township organization.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Tomorrow being Thanksgiving, business houses and county offices will be closed. Prisoners at the county jail will be given turkey dinner.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Mayer Levi entertained about 40 ladies at a six-handed euchre party yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Bear of Chicago was the guest of honor.

1931 -- 75 years ago
About 100 persons attended the coon field trials, sponsored by members of the Rock Island Boat Club, yesterday near Andalusia.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Advance showings of new John Deere movies for the company's employees in the Quad-City area will be held in Wharton Fieldhouse in Moline during the first week of December. The movies, which run about two hours, are those which John Deere dealers throughout the United States and Canada will show to an estimated million and a half persons in farm communities in the coming months.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The familiar phrase of poor economic conditions has prompted a layoff of 1,050 employees at two Quad-City area Caterpillar Tractor Co. plants. About 900 of those affected work at the Davenport plant in Mount Joy, and the other 150 work at the Bettendorf Remanufacturing Plant in Riverdale.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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