Day in history for November 30, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
James Johnson is selling his best extra flour at $5 and superfine at $4 at his store on Illinois Street.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Leavitt's Gigantan Minstrels will be seen at the Harper Theater today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
A watchman fell from the lower part of Crescent Bridge and was drowned. He was unmarried.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Birger Swenson, manager of the Augustana Book Concern, was elected president of the Rock Island Kiwanis Club at the meeting today at the Fort Armstrong Hotel. He succeeds Earl H. Hanson, principal of Rock Island High School.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The new Illini Theater will close Jan. 12. Poor attendance with increasing expenses was given as the reason for the closing. Closing of the theater, formerly the LeClaire, will leave Moline with only one movie house, the Paradise. In the 1930s, Moline had nine theaters operating.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline's Deere And Co. has been named one of the five best-managed U.S. companies in 1981 by Dun's Business Month, a national business publication. Dun's, formerly known as Dun's Review, cited Deere's planning and marketing efforts. Also cited were Baker International Corp., Federal Express Corp., General Mills and Tandy Corp. The magazine was making its annual rating of corporate performance.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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