Day in history for October 9, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
A benefit will be given to Mr. Charles of the Empire Minstrels at Farnam House Hall tonight. A social dance will follow the concert.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Roman Monk, a workman at the lower sawmill of Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann, lost a portion of his right hand in an accident at the mill recently.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The 26th annual meeting of the Farmers' National Congress opened this morning at the Illinois Theater with addresses by Gov. Deneen and Mayor George McCaskrin.

1931 -- 75 years ago
W.W. Tucker of Cambridge, Henry County Superintendent of Schools, was elected president of the Blackhawk Division of the Illinois State Teachers Assn. at the 11th annual meeting in the Moline Elks Auditorium today.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Original paintings of 36 Saturday Evening Post covers will be on exhibit Friday and Saturday in the Moline YMCA. Six canvases by Dick Sargent, former Moline resident, will be in the showing. Sargent was born in Moline and graduated from Moline High School. His first painting for the magazine appeared in January, 1951.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Army officials are warning that the Government Bridge linking Davenport and the Rock Island Arsenal will wear out within 10 years and that local officials have to decide soon what they are going to do about it.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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