Day in history for April 21, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The greatest increase of business and population in the lower part of the city demands the immediate erection of a large hotel somehwere in the vicinity of Franklin Square.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Rock River flood was increasing in severity today. The lowlands of this vicinity were under water.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a front page story today to the effect that stricken San Francisco was burying its dead and planning a new start. Rock Island was raising a fund for the sufferers.

1931 -- 75 years ago
With 5,049 votes cast by noon, there was indications that balloting in Rock Island's city election today would not exceed a normal figure.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Consolidation of garage facilities of the Rock Island-Moline and Davenport City Lines at the company-owned bus garage at 1019 E. River St., Davenport, will come up for decision this year.

1981 -- 25 years ago
On April 21, 1856, 125 years ago today, the bridge between Rock Island and Davenport was finished and the engine ''Fort Des Moines'' made the first crossing. The crossing is being marked today and Wednesday by a special postal cancellation at the Rock Island and Davenport Post Offices.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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