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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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