Day in history for October 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A dense fog yesterday morning prevented the running of boats until nearly 10 o'clock. It was impossible to see more than 50 feet until mid-morning.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Professor Hartz, celebrated magician, opened a week's engagement at the Harper Theater Monday night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The ninth annual bazaar of Sacred Heart Church opened last night with a large number of persons in attendance.

1931 -- 75 years ago
An airplane was used to rush serum from Springfield for the treatment of the 15-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Nelson, Alexis, who is seriously ill of infantile paralysis. The child has been treated, but as yet has failed to rally.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The James P. Pearson, last of the sternwheel riverboats in the Quad-Cities, is leaving Moline. Owned by Moline Consumers Co., which used it in dredging operations until 1954, the old boat has been acquired by the Winona County Historical Society of Winona, Minn.

1981 -- 25 years ago
For the last 31 years, hundreds of Quad-City area residents have learned to dance under Mary Lou and Larry Dennhardt in their Moline studio. For years, the couple worked successfully as professional dancers, both as a team and separately. The Dennhardts live in Port Byron and operate their studio in Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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