Day in history for April 11, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Somebody must have been 'on a bust' last night, judging from appearances this morning. The sidewalk, in different places, was torn up. Gas lamps were extinguished and other antics were performed.

1883 -- 125 years ago
While D.B. Sears was superintending the operation of some workmen on his dam this afternoon, he fell into the river. He was rescued by the workmen.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A large audience heard the annual concert of the Wennerberg Male Chorus at Augustana College last evening.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Plans for a circuit of six or eight clubs were discussed in Keokuk, Iowa today by club officers and representatives of eight interested cities in an effort to keep the Mississippi Valley Baseball League alive during the 1933 season. The cities are Rock Island, Keokuk, Cedar Rapids, Burlington, Davenport, Peoria, Quincy and Springfield.

1958 -- 50 years ago
WOC radio will broadcast the first stereophonic radio program in the Quad-Cities next Wednesday night, Raymond E. Guth, program director, announced today.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The National Weather Service's Moline bureau has been erased from a list of sites that could be closed as part of a drive to save money by turning some operations over to private industry.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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