Day in history for April 14, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Good progress is being made in planting trees on Union and Franklin squares, but the old rubbish on Union Square, on the side of the old church, doesn't seem to move much.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Back water caused by the ice gorge overflowed and a portion of the city was flooded today. The CB And Q Depot was accessible only by boat or by wading.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The steamer Dubuque of the Diamond Jo line will be taken from the Keokuk Canal Thursday to St. Louis, and will leave there Saturday on the first trip of the season, running as far as Keokuk. Later in the season the steamer will make trips to Rock Island.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island today was host to business leaders of 14 northwestern Illinois counties for the annual 4th District Conference of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The 32nd Annual Rockford and Vicinity Artists' Exhibition includes works by Leonard S. Swanson, 4422 Park View Ct., Rock Island. The exhibit, sponsored by the Rockford Art Assn., is on view through April 27.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The countdown for Moline's $1.1 million branch library is stuck at $550,000, aldermen learned Monday during a finance committee meeting.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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