Day in history for April 8, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
N.H. Bennett advertises for 300 children at the Second Presbyterian Church to take part in the festival that is to come off the first of next May.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Duck weeds were numerous along the river and in sloughs and ice was reported moving at Port Byron and Cordova.

1906 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club is to sponsor the production of ''The Clansman'' at the Burtin Theater, Davenport, on April 17.

1931 -- 75 years ago
The first step toward the construction of the Rock Island locks was taken today by officials of the Merritt-Chapman And Whitney Corp., contractors-apparent for the $1,326,000 works in the Mississippi which will be part of the 9-foot channel development in the upper river.

1956 -- 50 years ago
Cornerstone laying for the new building of the First Baptist Church, Moline, will take place at 3 tomorrow at the site, 1901 29th St. The ceremony will mark the 100th anniversary, almost to the month, of the completion of the first building of the church at the corner of 6th Avenue and 17th Street in May 1856.

1981 -- 25 years ago
The 225-employee research center at the International Harvester East Moline plant will be closed this summer in a consolidation of IH engineering facilities.

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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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