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: 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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