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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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