Day in history for September 19, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The great Democratic rally at Springfield came off yesterday with much enthusiasm. It is said to be the largest meeting of the kind ever held in Springfield.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Ben Huntley, a workman at the lower saw mill, had his fingers cut off this morning while manipulating some machinery.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Tom Fitzgibbons of Canoe Creek died at Denver, Colo., yesterday, aged 30 years. His mother and widow survive him.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Unless all political signs fail, Mayor Chester Thompson of Rock Island will be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for congress from the 16th district next April with prospects of strong organization support.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A million dollar remodeling and improvement project, which will include a new color press, was launched today at The Argus, 1724 4th Ave., Rock Island. Ben H. Potter, editor and co-publisher of The Argus, said completion of the project is scheduled for next summer.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Sunday afternoon the bears at Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, will leave their cramped cages forever and enter a new enclosure with swimming pool and spraying water. Brenda, 2, and Bruno, 3, black bears at the zoo, will enter the new enclosure after a 2 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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