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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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