Day in history for July 21, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Public spirited citizens are making efforts to establish a system of union or graded schools here that shall be worth extensive patronage, and where the children of the city, rich and poor, shall be thoroughly educated, free of charge.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Capt. Robert Melville of Davenport, who had many friends here, died at an early hour today. He was one of the oldest river men in this section of Illinois.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Miss Hallie Allen McCrory, of Rock Island, was soloist at the concert given by Peterson's Band at the Watch Tower last evening.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The Kanawha-Mississippi Coal Co., owner of extensive coal fields in West Virginia, is seeking a Quad-City location for coal docks preparatory to starting next year's shipping of coal by private barge down the Ohio and up the Mississippi.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Two East Moline men who picked the middle of the intersection at 4th Ave. and 13th St., Moline, to park their car and catch a few winks about 2:45 this morning were fined later in Moline Magistrate's Court.

1981 -- 25 years ago
This morning, 10 red taxis of the Happy Cab Co. hit the Quad-City streets in search of fares. Happy Cabs is licensed in both Moline and Davenport and is owned by Hunt Transportation, based in Omaha, Neb.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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