Day in history for April 4, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Winters of the Island City Shaving Saloon has reduced his prices for shaving, etc. Mr. Winters is a first-rate workman and keeps a tip-top shop.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The river was still blockaded with ice today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Davis celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary last night. Progressive cinch was played and there was a musical program.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Anthony Billburg of Rock Island, serving a 20-year term for the murder of Connor Looney, testified today before a legislative committee investigating prison conditions at Joliet that he and John Looney, another Rock Island inmate, were ''dying by inches'' in prison and had been denied treatment by outside physicians.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Three industrial plants and two oil companies were threatened as flames fanned by high winds, swept through brush, weeds and dry grass in an area extending between 18th and 13th Avenues and 1st and Mill Streets, Rock Island, yesterday afternoon.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Boxing great Muhammed Ali, 39, was in East Moline Friday night for `Atlanta Night Benefit' at the Quad-City Downs. The event raised more than $10,000 to help find the killer of 22 persons in Atlanta.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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