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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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