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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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