Day in history for September 21, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
John Stark has made arrangements to keep a pleasure garden for the accommodation of the citizens of Rock Island during the summer in the lower part of the city near Camden Road.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The people of Rock Island sorrowed greatly yesterday when the news came over the wire that President Garfield had expired on the night of Sept. 19. The tolling of bells here and in Davenport at 9 o'clock proclaimed the sad tidings.

1906 -- 100 years ago
While calling on the Rev. J.F. Lockney yesterday to arrange for the burial of his wife, Jacob Betzel became ill and died this morning.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Organization of Black Hawk Vicinity Council, No. 7, United Spanish War Veterans was prefected at Galesburg when 300 representatives from local camps elected George H. Clapper, Rock Island, president and W.H. Wilcox, Rock Island, secretary-treasurer.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A fall housecleaning is slated for part of the interior of District Engineer headquarters at the Clock Tower Building. Bids were invited for the painting of the basement and washing of first floor.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The East Moline Municipal Pool in the United Township High School South Campus sprung a leak sometime last night and partially flooded the school's basement.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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