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: 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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