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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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