Day in history for September 8, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
While the German meeting was going on in the court house, rockets were discharged from the top or R. Graham's store, which were answered by the loud mouthed cannon and cheers of the crowd below.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Captain Durham of the steamer General Barnard was home for a short visit.

1906 -- 100 years ago
''Uncle Josh Spruceby'' will be the attraction at the Illinois Theater on Sept. 14.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Three additions to the faculty of Augustana Conservatory of Music will be noted by returning students. The new teachers are Sven Lekberg, head of the piano and theory department, Mrs. Regina Holmen Fryxell, head of the organ department and Ludwig Becker, violin instructor.

1956 -- 50 years ago
In the first public critique of the Moline Foundation, established in 1953 for, among other purposes, benevolent acts, the assests have increased from the original $405,000 to $500,000, which places the local fund 25th among the 100 public trusts operating in the United States.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline Public Library officials have launched a drive to raise the last $200,000 needed to finance construction of a $1.1 million branch at 3130 41st St. The library has $400,000 and pledges of another $500,000 if more money can be raised.

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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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