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: 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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