Day in history for April 28, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The name of James Blake was announced as an independent candidate for street commissioner in the third ward. He is a good Democrat, as is also Mr. Simmons who was nominated at the court house.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The high wind prevailing yesterday prevented the arrival of any rafters from points above. The evening is exceedingly cold and a frost is expected.

1907 -- 100 years ago
James F. Witter has been appointed city attorney by Mayor Schaffer and will enter upon his duties one week from Monday.

1932 -- 75 years ago
More than a hundred furloughed employees of the Silvis shops of the Rock Island Lines will take part in a community garden project being sponsored by the general relief committee of the railroad in Silvis.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the Hauberg Civic Center, 1300 24th St., Rock Island, will take place shortly after noon at the outset of an open house event.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Moline School Board took its first steps toward the use of micro-computers in its elementary and junior high schools. The board agreed to take bids on three micro-computers for its junior high schools. The computers, one for each junior high school, are expected to cost about $2,400 each.

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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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