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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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