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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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