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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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