Day in history for April 7, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
We are glad to notice that business places, shops, stores, groceries, etc. are springing up in different parts of the city.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The Illinois and Iowa Central District Medical Assn. will meet in Rock Island next Thursday.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Independent Order of Svithoid celebrated its second anniversary last night in Odd Fellows Hall.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Contractors for the Continental Construction Co.'s natural gas pipe line from Texas to Chicago have begun operations in Rock Island County, where expenditures for the project will approximate a million dollars.

1956 -- 50 years ago
One of America's leading anthropologists, Dr. William Bascom of Northwestern University, Evanston, who was today identifying and cataloging the African collection of the Davenport Public Museum, termed it ''impressive'' and unusual for a town the size of Davenport to have acquired it.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The bottom floor of St. Mary's Catholic School, 1925 13th St., East Moline, was in shambles early today. Police say an arsonist set the fire in a bottom-floor storage room after taking $45 and a radio-cassette player from the school office.

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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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