Day in history for December 16, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
John Deere, of Moline, took the first premium in Vermont for the best plows. He has recently received an order from England for one of his plows.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The hull of the Jennie Gilchrist is undergoing repairs in the boat yard below this city and will float again this coming season in as good shape as when first constructed.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Mississippi River is frozen over above Dubuque and the local weather office today announced the discontinuance of the daily forecasts for the winter season.

1931 -- 75 years ago
''Begging food and selling it'' was the unusual charge on which a Davenport man was booked at the Rock Island police station.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Two chartered planes taking the Iowa Hawkeye football players to California for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game with Oregon State were forced to use the Quad-City Airport as a starting base when fog closed in around Cedar Rapids. A crowd estimated at more than 1,000 saw the Hawkeyes off from the Quad-Cities.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Old friends June Haver and Marilyn Bulat of Bettendorf got together recently at the home of the Fred MacMurrays in Los Angeles to talk over old times. The two women were once involved in the Juvenile Theater at WHBF radio back in the 1940s.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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