Day in history for February 21, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Monroe, who murdered his father-in-law, Mr. Ellington, was sentenced to be hung in Charleston, Ill., Coles County, on the 15th, was granted a respite by the governor, but was taken out of jail by a mob on that day and hanged anyway.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Old Settlers Festival will be held in Armory Hall tomorrow night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Henry Kramer, who has been quite ill, was making a good recovery today.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Orville Whiskers, fugitive from Henry County, where he has been wanted since last October for assisting in the kidnapping of Earl L. Yocum, millionaire Galva banker, was captured on a farm about six miles south of Spencer by Deputy Sheriff Charles Nash of Cambridge, Sheriff Fred Erickson of Spencer and Deputy Sheriff Harry Wilsey.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The familiar Coca-Cola bottle now has two ''big brothers.'' New king and family sizes, 26 and 12 ounces. The first packaging change by the company in 40 years went on sale today in Quad-City food and beverage stores.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's abandoned RIMCO plant will become the home of The Farmer's Grain Products, a new company that will produce and distribute alcohol from locally grown corn.

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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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