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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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