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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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