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: 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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