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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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