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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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