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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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