Day in history for October 17, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The long talked of Republican meeting was held yesterday, starting with a procession at 1 o'clock. Between 800 and 1,000 persons gathered at the courthouse.

1881 -- 125 years ago
A fire at the Warner Flouring Mill resulted in damages estimated at $6,000.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Several members of First Methodist Church assembled at the parsonage last night and gave an informal party in honor of the Rev. and Mrs. R.B. Williams and family.

1931 -- 75 years ago
With impressive services attended by an audience that filled the auditorium, the Rev. Ralph Lemon was ordained by Rock Island Presbytery and installed as pastor at Milan Presbyterian Church last night.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A Moline housewife who is planning a Saturday brunch, this morning left a note for the milkman: ''Friday leave whipping cream, extra milk and butter.'' On checking the milkbox this morning, she discovered all the extras two days early. Irate she checked with the dairy to see if the milkman could read. He can. His name is Friday. Max Friday.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Richard Nelson was surprised Monday evening when a bridge on his property collapsed, plunging the combine he was driving 12 feet into the water below. The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. on the Nelson farm south of Cambridge.

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