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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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