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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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