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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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