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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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