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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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