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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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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