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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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