Day in history for April 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Dr. Sibley is erecting a new office on Wells Street. We like to notice improvements in this area as it exhibits an energetic spirit and a determination to raise Moline from her dead ashes.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Old and young alike will start up the river tomorrow after the ducks.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The secretary of state in Springfield issued a license today to the Hastings Milling Co. of Owatonna, Minn., to incorporate in Rock Island.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Local No. 113, Journeyman Unions Barbers, last night adopted a reduction in the schedule of prices for barbering service. It will go into effect Monday. Hair cuts will be reduced to 35 cents from the present 50 cent level. Shaves will remain at 25 cents. Hair cuts for children 12 and younger remain at 25 cents.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Although Quad-Citians have been enjoying spring weather for the past week, one sign of the season has been hard to find. Robins have been scarce. H. James Hodges, president of the Tri-city Bird Club, said the last two balmy days have attracted many robins to the area and more are arriving.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Unusually wet and mild weather in the Plains states two months ago could trigger a slowdown or temporary closing at IBP Inc.'s beef slaughtering plant in Joslin.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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