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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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