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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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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