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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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