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: 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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