Day in history for April 1, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Both steam ferry boats are now busily at work crossing teams and pedestrians in any quantity. Come to Rock Island if you want a safe passage across the father of waters.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The report of Supt. of Schools Everett for the month of March showed a total enrollment today of 1,759 pupils.

1906 -- 100 years ago
''The Tie That Binds'' is the attraction at the Illinois Theater tonight.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Two hundred new members will be sought in the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce drive beginning next Tuesday, H.W. Litten, general chairman, announced today upon completion of the campaign organization.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Teenage drivers are on the spot in Moline. The Moline Police Department and the Juvenile Council of Moline today announced plans to arrest parents, if necessary, to keep the community's streets free of unlicensed drivers.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Toll increases that will help finance $1 million in Centennial Bridge repairs went into effect at 10 this morning. The increase, 5 cents for vans and pickups, and 10 cents for cars, motorcycles and other vehicles, are expected to generate $750,000 a year for each of the next two years.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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