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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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