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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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