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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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