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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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