Day in history for September 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Not withstanding the rough weather yesterday, there was a large gathering at the county fairgrounds and about double the number of stock entries made at any previous fair.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. Irving A. Searles, pastor of the Christian Chapel, preached today on ''Lessons of Gallion's Crime.''

1906 -- 100 years ago
During the sessions of the Farmers' National Congress to be here Oct. 9 to 13, the bandstand on Market Square will be converted into a corn palace by action of the City Council.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Miss Dorothy Borst was crowned ''Miss Rock Island,'' winner of a two weeks regal vacation trip to Bermuda, in ceremonies that attracted one of the largest throngs ever gathered on the streets of Rock Island. Miss Mary Titus was designated as runner-up and Miss Mildred Lamp awarded third prize.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A thief driving a white car helped himself to 25 or 30 gallons of gasoline at the Paul Heyden farm, near Port Byron, early today.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Quoting an unnamed firefighter, the Quad-City Times this morning reported that the men at station 3 in Moline were watching the R-rated movies on Escapade provided through Cox Cable. Firefighter Mike Day told the Dispatch that the station receives only Home Box Office.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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