Day in history for June 20, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Robbins festival troupe will hold a picnic on the island today. The steamer Davenport will leave about 2 o'clock, taking passengers over to the grove. A good brass and cotillion band is expected to be in attendance.

1881 -- 125 years ago
H.C. Cleaveland was today elected secretary of the Rock Island Board of Education.

1906 -- 100 years ago
A farewell reception for the Rev. and Mrs. D.S. McNary was given at the assembly rooms of the First United Presbyterian Church last night. A substantial sum was presented to the couple as a going-away present.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The upper Mississippi River Bridge Board has submitted two recommendations to the Davenport Bridge Commission in connection with the municipal project to build a bridge across the Mississippi River from Bettendorf to Moline.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Formal dedication, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, more hot weather and a group of anxious swimmers opened Rock Island's first municipal swimming pool this afternoon.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The 40-member Moline Boys Choir, on a 15-day vocal tour of five East Coast cities, sang hymns and a 13th century carol for the public Thursday in Washington's historic National Cathedral.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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