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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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