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: 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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