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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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