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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