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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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