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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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