Day in history for July 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The Russian wheat crop this season is abundant. An enormous amount will be exported.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A new engine for the Rock Island waterworks was being constructed at the Holly Works at Lockport, N.Y.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Archie Hart was elected president of the Tri-City Labor Congress.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. Russell Berner and daughter, Patricia Jean, have arrived from Evanston to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Berner, and to attend the Geneseo homecoming.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A ''forest'' of steel is rising in Milan despite the current steel strike as work progresses on the huge warehouse and general office building for Eagle Food Centers. The warehouse is part of a $7 million expansion program of the firm. It will offer 155,600 square feet of floor space and is located east of Highway 67 and north of Knoxville Rd.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Carol Schuley was taking a break from waxing her car about 1:45 p.m. Friday when she got tired, and nearly killed. A westbound truck on Interstate 74 lost a dual-wheel assembly which bounded off the highway and onto Schuley's front porch at 3740 31st St., Moline. ''It just missed me,'' said Schuley, measuring off about a foot with her hands.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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