Day in history for April 18, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
During the high wind yesterday afternoon a teamster drove a pair of horses and wagons loaded with freight from the railroad depot on to the steam ferry boat J. Wilson, and drove against the bar on the opposite side of the boat as to break it and let team, wagon, and goods into the river.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Fire at Port Byron last night destroyed the dry goods store of Gaylord And Stone and the office of the Port Byron Globe.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Hundreds of people were killed or injured today and scores of buildings were destroyed as violent earthquake tremors rocked San Francisco, Calif.

1931 -- 75 years ago
After Friday of this week, the free food line will form no longer at the rear of Johnson's Cafeteria, 18th Street and 3rd Avenue, Rock Island.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The Moline Board of Education last night adopted a resolution toward annexation of the new high school site to the city. The site is located south and east of Roosevelt Grade School, along 23rd Avenue.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Avie Barth is a mender of broken hearts. She also works wonders with broken arms and legs. Barth, owner of Moline's A And B Doll Hospital, has been repairing, cleaning and dressing dolls only a mother could love.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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