Day in history for June 19, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday afternoon a pair of spirited horses belonging to Mr. Croft broke away and ran with a wagon in which was an elegant $650 piano, just loaded at his piano warerooms for a customer. The wagon overturned on a corner, breaking it and the piano to kindling.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The German Lutheran Church celebrated its 25th anniversary today. Sermons were preached by the Rev. C.A. Minnicke, the Rev. John Strickful and the Rev. L. Winter.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Dr. Joseph deSilva purchased the Schaeffer Flats Building in Moline for $10,500.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Ways to finance the 1932 national convention of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, if awarded to the Tri-Cities, were discussed this afternoon at a meeting of representatives of the Rock Island and Davenport Chamber of Commerce and hotels. Moline was not represented.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Hauberg Civic Center officially was accepted by the Rock Island City Council at its regular meeting last night and Mayor Carl F. Bauer was authorized to accept the gift in behalf of the city.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Watson's TV and Appliance Inc., 111 S. State St., Geneseo, was gutted and adjoining businesses damaged by a fire of unknown origin early this morning.

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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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