Day in history for September 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Remember that our county fair commences tomorrow and all who have any interest in its success should take hold and help the officers on with their work.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Albert Wells of Hampton was in town today shaking hands with his friends.

1906 -- 100 years ago
A reception for Harry Franks, new physical director of the YMCA, will be held Friday night.

1931 -- 75 years ago
An all-time record for low stage of the Mississippi River at the Rock Island Bridge was created today when the reading was .1 foot below the low water level of zero, established in 1864.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A Silvis woman employed as a card punch operator at Rock Island Arsenal received a $100 award this morning for ''superior performance in her assigned duties.'' Mrs. Neva B. Sanders, 1816 6th Ave., Silvis Heights, has exceeded by approximately 40 percent the average production rate of 14 other operators who perform the same type of work.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Deere And Co. today unveiled a line of tractors which includes the company's first to be powered by a V-8 engine. The new V-8 model, now the company's most powerful tractor, opens the door to eventual production of large-horsepower tractors, a move one market analyst says comes a step ahead of similar plans by Caterpillar.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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