Day in history for April 15, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
D.F. Kinney at his nursery near the city has all the sweet potato plants that may be wanted. The price is 50 cents for 100 plants.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The saw mills probably will commence operation tomorrow. When the saw mills start up, a great many workers will find employment.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Alderman last evening voted down the ordinances limiting saloons to one for every 500 population and the $1,000 saloon license fee by a vote of 9 to 5.

1933 -- 75 years ago
August Poelvoorde of East Moline was re-elected president of the Quad-City Association of Milk Dealers at a meeting of the board of directors yesterday. Herbert Michael of Davenport was chosen vice president and James Downing of Rock Island was elected treasurer.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Junius P. Califf was re-elected president of the Rock Island Board of Education at an organizational meeting of the board last night at the School Administration Bldg.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Virginia Voss, Davenport, has been named volunteer of the year of the Gallery Guild of the Davenport Art Gallery. She has given her time at the gallery for more than 10 years. Mrs. Voss is a weaver and is known for the wool scarves and stoles she makes that are sold through the gallery shop.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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