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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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