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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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