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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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