Day in history for April 12, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Webber has appointed Mr. Charles P. Lyman as assistant postmaster. Mr. Lyman is a very competent and popular man, a good Democrat.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The ice gorge in the Mississippi River gave way this morning and the ice field spread from shore to shore.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Kalb And Dill in ''I.O.U.'' will be the drawing card at the Illinois Theater tomorrow night.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Illinois Gov. Louis L. Emmerson this morning vetoed the O'Grady-McDermott prohibition repeal bill and sent a veto message to the general assembly which branded the effort of the Illinois wets to strike all prohibition laws from the state stature books as nullifications.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The mock bombing of the Rock Island-Moline area July 20 to 26 will serve as a revealing test of civilian defense. The 1956 exercise will be based on 125 hypothetical nuclear and guided missiles attacks on 52 target cities in the country.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Teske Seed and Feed Store, 2423 16th St., Moline, is having a farewell party for its lion. Safara, the lion cub who came to Teske's last Christmas, found a permanent home at Wild County, a wildlife preserve outside Washington, D.C.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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