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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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