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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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