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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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