Day in history for May 13, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The river is very high at this point now, probably from 13 to 15 feet above low water mark, and it is still rising.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Barlow, Wilson, Primrose and West's Minstrels will be the attraction at the Harper Theater next Monday night.

1906 -- 100 years ago
At the Illinois conference of the Augustana Synod held at Joliet, A.G. and I.M. Anderson of Rock Island, P. Westerlund of Orion, and P.A. Thurene of Swedona were chosen as lay delegates to the national conference at Denver in June.

1931 -- 75 years ago
L.A. Mahoney, superintendent of Moline schools, returned home from the University Hospital at Iowa City, where he had been taking X-ray treatments for a month. He injured his hip in a fall shortly before Christmas.

1956 -- 50 years ago
An East Moline motorist who tried to start a drag race on 4th Ave., Moline, last night picked on the wrong driver. He happened to be Police Officer Perry Gellerstedt and the motorist was booked for speeding.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's school board Tuesday rejected a $30,000 bid on the vacant Lincoln School by a 5-2 vote leaving board members hoping a higher price can be found for the 88 year old building at 6th Ave. and 21st St.

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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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