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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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