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: 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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