Day in history for November 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The city gas company has introduced a new machine for washing and purifying gas and will soon be selling a faultless article.

1881 -- 125 years ago
''Uncle Tom's Cabin'' gave matinee and evening performances at the Harper Theater. Haverly's ''New Mastodon Minstrels'' will be at the theater Friday.

1906 -- 100 years ago
In a lecture before the literary societies of Augustana College last night, Professor E.F. Bartholomew said the phonic spelling principle is wrong.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Contractors operating on a 24-hour schedule on the Rock Island locks project have beaten Old Man Winter in a race for completion of pouring on the main lock walls. The last great bucket of concrete was emptied into place at 4 this morning.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Heavy snow that has blanketed much of the East and has touched this area brought gloom and despair to many people, but it brought smiles to the faces of Servus Rubber Co. officials and employees in Rock Island. Servus Rubber Co. manufactures rubber footwear and is greatly affected by weather conditions.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. Wilfred Enders celebrated the harvest of their vineyards at Port Byron last weekend with a wine and cheese party in their home. They've been making wine since 1969. This year they harvested three tons of grapes, and bottled 95 gallons.

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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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