Day in history for April 14, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The bartender at the Island City Hall, who was hit with a chair by one of the rowdies there several weeks ago, is expected to recover.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Supervisors Blomberg and Vieriech have let the contract for a new roof for the courthouse to George Lee of Moline for $159.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Students of the elocution and conservatory departments of Augustana College gave a program last night before an audience that filled the chapel. 'The Merchant of Venice' was the principal number.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Golden Easter eggs. That's what Rock Island Post No. 200, American Legion, and its auxiliary are arranging to please the boys and girls for the community Easter egg hunt at Long View Park. There will be 100 golden eggs.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Sales of new and used autos in the Quad-Cities soared to a gross of $408,748.34 during the first two days of the nine-day 'You Auto Buy Now' campaign. Fifty-three new and 73 used cars were sold Friday and 31 new and 69 used were reported on Saturday.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Sixteen fathers and their daughters from Brownie Troop 19 of McKinley School in Moline met Saturday at Highland Park bowl for their annual Dad-Daughter date afternoon. The day included lunch, bowling, and a guided tour of the equipment pins set-up.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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