Day in history for May 21, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The increase of business and the small space allowed for the post office clerks to do their writing has compelled our postmaster, L.M. Webber, Esq., to extend the partition to the stairway giving the boys space enough to do their work.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The banquet to be given in connection with the Hennepin Canal convention is to be held in Arsenal Shop B, on the afternoon of Thursday, May 26.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Peter Zonechias, a Greek, was drowned in the old quarry at Sylvan Island, whither he had gone to take a swim. He was 23 years old. His wife and family live in Greece.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Notice of his appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., was received today by William F. Schroeder Jr., son of Dr. and Mrs. W.F. Schroeder, 1721 25th St., Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A machine that turns a stump into small chips in an hour-and-a-half has been invented by a Davenport man. The machine is a real time and labor saver, according to C.W. Hill, the inventor.

1981 -- 25 years ago
State and East Moline fire officials this morning were investigating the cause of a blaze that caused $70,000 worth of damage Wednesday to the second floor of the Hignight Building, 367 42nd Ave.

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