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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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