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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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