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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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