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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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