Day in history for December 23, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Twelve hundred and one dead letters were packed up at the post office in this city on Saturday last to be forwarded to the dead letter office in Washington. They were the accumulation of the last three months.

1881 -- 125 years ago
''Cinderella'' will be presented at Turner Hall tomorrow by the scholars of the German-English school.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Mitchell went to Chicago to attend the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Kinney. Mrs. Kinney and Mrs. Mitchell are sisters.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson issued a request for the police to put a damper on the practice of boys hitching rides on the outside of street cars.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Moline firemen are adept at almost everything, so when a goat wandered into No. 4 station in Riverside Park, they took the situation in stride. The only problem was food, but Firemen Steve Spurgetis and Harvey Carothers solved that by handfeeding it a biscuit form of dog food.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Tampico will become a TV star Christmas Eve. That's when ABC will show ''A Letter From Tampico,'' a show filmed there last summer for the news show ''20/20.'' The show is scheduled at 9 p.m., and will reach an audience estimated at 20 million, including this hamlet of about 942 persons.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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