Day in history for August 21, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
John C. Smith, known in New Jersey as ''Little Johnny,'' has opened an auction store in this city on Eagle St., under the Rock Island House.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Samuel and Benjamin Block, sons of the late Aaron Block, one of the old settlers of Rock Island, are here on a visit. Aaron Block died in 1869. He opened the first clothing store here and Jonas Bear was at one time his clerk.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Invitations have been issued to the wedding of Miss Gertrude Ruick, Davenport, and George C. Long, Rock Island, the ceremony to take place Sept. 12 in St. Joseph's Church.

1931 -- 75 years ago
A crowd of almost 800 persons visited Denkmann Square last evening to attend the annual community night program held under the auspices of the playground directors.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An eastbound Rock Island Railroad streamliner was derailed in Durant early today and then hit by a westbound local mail and express train. Durant is 20 miles west of Davenport.

1981 -- 25 years ago
A series of new postage stamps bearing the legend: ''Alcoholism, you cant beat it!'' went on sale Thursday at the Moline Post Office. There to buy the first stamps were Lois Uhlig, of the Riverside Retreat, Rock Island, and Dave Schare of the Rock Island County Council on Alcoholism.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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