Day in history for April 19, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We rejoice to learn that the forthcoming May festival is rapidly progressing and that the children, under the charge of Mr. N.H. Bennett, have most astonishingly improved.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Milan was partly submerged and the stage of water in Rock River was two feet higher than has ever before been the case. The Milan paper mill was completely surrounded by water.

1906 -- 100 years ago
A dispatch to The Argus today said that fires were still raging in San Francisco following the great earthquake.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The tumult and shouting will cease after tonight in Rock Island's city election campaign and tomorrow the voters will go to the polls to select a mayor, a city clerk, a city treasurer, a police magistrate, and seven aldermen. Voting places will be open from 7 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Some 60 delegates are expected to attend the joint spring meeting of the Illinois News Broadcasters Assn. and the Iowa Radio and Television News Assn. tomorrow and Saturday in the Fort Armstrong Hotel, Rock Island.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Moline fire officials are investigating the possibility of arson in a string of four fires within a 14-block area early Saturday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.






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