Day in history for April 2, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The city has purchased the site of the old Boston Market for $2,100 and the old building is to be removed this month.

1881 -- 125 years ago
There was a big ice gorge in the river just below the Sylvan Slough and along the city levee today. A rise in the water is feared when the gorge breaks up.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Between 700 and 800 miners employed in Rock Island and Mercer County went on strike today.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Radio station WHBF was granted permission by the Federal Communications Commission to increase its broadcast power from 100 to 500 watts, according to a dispatch from Washington, D.C.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Several hundred persons jammed the sidewalks outside the 2nd Ave. entrance of Rock Island's new Younkers Department Store at 11:30 this morning to witness the official opening of the store.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Cynthia Borkgren, Geneseo High School senior, has won the honor of being the first Geneseo High School student to win a Speech Committee of Teachers of Individual Events (SCOTIE) tournament medal in speech team competition. Borkgren won the award at the SCOTIE tournament of champions held recently at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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