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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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