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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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