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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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