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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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