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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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