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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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