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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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