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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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