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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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