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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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