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: 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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