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: 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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