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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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