Day in history for June 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. C.H. Smith, the enterprising proprietor of the Island City Hotel, has purchased the vacant lot between the hotel and Burditt And Sanger's Store and will erect a fine four-story brick block thereon.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Fire caused considerable damage at the Baptist church.

1906 -- 100 years ago
George Tenges, for years a resident of Milan, died this morning at Dayton, Ohio, after a long illness. He was born in 1868 and for 18 years was employed by his brother William, a blacksmith.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Opening of the Hennepin Canal for barge shipping, not only of grain, but of all other commodities, was viewed as deeply significent for the Rock Island Barge Terminal and the Quad-Cities in general.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Two young Milan girls were injured when the horse they were riding was struck by an automobile on top of the hill south of Milan on Highway 67. Dianne Britton, 5, and Mary Britton, 4, were thrown to the highway and received cuts and bruises.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Eagle food stores in the Quad-Cities will discontinue price marking individual items in favor of a scanning computer pricing system. Eagle installed its first electronic checkout scanning system in September 1980 in the Milan store.

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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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