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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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