Day in history for April 15, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Why doesn't somebody build dwelling houses to accommodate our increasing population? We know of several who have gone to Davenport and other places to locate who should have remained in Rock Island could they have found houses to live in.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Josephine was the first boat of the season to dock here, the arrival being made this morning.

1906 -- 100 years ago
John Bufford Post, Grand Army of the Republic, was today advocating the election of Comrade E.H. Buck for department commander.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Plans for a $1,750,000 toll bridge over the Mississippi River between Moline and Bettendorf received the endorsement of the Davenport City Council.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Stay off Highway 67 on Saturday between 4 and 8 p.m. if you want to play odds in your favor and avoid an accident, the Iowa Highway Patrol advised today. A study of 104 accidents in Scott County between Jan. 1 and April 1 revealed the highway, the day and time included in the greatest number of crashes.

1981 -- 25 years ago
About 80 windows were broken Tuesday night at United Township High School South Campus in what a school official called the worst incident of vandalism there in at least four 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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