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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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