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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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