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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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