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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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