Day in history for May 24, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Who can believe that Rock Island, which was sort of terra incognita to the general land office only 30 years ago, is now the gateway to an empire beyond the Mississippi.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Hennepin Canal convention inaugurated its session in Davenport this morning, being called to order by Maj. Allen of Geneseo, who introduced Judge Murphy of Davenport as temporary chairman.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The recitations and examinations at Augustana College closed for the school year this afternoon.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A huge distillery, believed to have been one of the principal sources of supply for Tri-City alcohol dealers, was uncovered last night when Henry County authorities raided a barn on a farm near Colona and seized two 500 gallon stills, 600 gallons of finished product, and 65,000 gallons of mash.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Peter H. Bohn, 12, of 3700 21st Ave., Rock Island, is believed to be one of the youngest to hold an amateur radio license in the United States.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Sometimes the view from the rear is as important as a good front. That's why Stuart Waxenburg, owner of Fitzgibbon's Men's Wear, 1616 5th Ave., Moline, is planning a ''face lifting'' for his store's back entrance.

Back: Available days in May 2006



Local events heading








  Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






(More History)