Day in history for April 16, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
There are several small buildings under way here. We want a good hotel, a fine church or two to add to the looks of this place. Our big brick school house looks lonely.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Henry Lidders received the Democratic nomination as alderman of the Third Ward last evening.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The Honorable William Jennings Bryan was in Rock Island a few minutes at noon today, stopping on this way to Peoria, where he is to speak this evening.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island baseball club got off to a flying start last night in making definite arrangements for the start of the 1933 season. General admission in 1932 was 40 cents and now will be 25 cents for both men and women. Home games will be broadcast over radio station WHBF.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Plans have been completed for the planting of 3,000 more trees at the Loud Thunder Scout Reservation, near Andalusia, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Herbert T. Schaefer, scout executive of the Fort Armstrong Council, said today.

1983 -- 25 years ago
In hopes of establishing a new business organization, a group of people met and nominated a board to look over surveys sent out to Orion School District business people. Another meeting is scheduled April 29 at Feed Company Restaurant, Orion.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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