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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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