Day in history for April 18, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A ditch to let the water off the slough is being dug on Jefferson Street. We hear that there is a probability that some enterprising individual may erect a saw mill on the stream.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Republicans nominated Fred Schroeder as their candidate for the special Third Ward aldermanic election.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Mayor Schaffer today issued an order stating that saloons in Rock Island must remain closed from midnight Saturday until 5 Monday morning.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School checked off another victory in forensics last night when the extemporaneous team won its first contest of the season at Galesburg. Eugene Beattie of Rock Island placed first.

1958 -- 50 years ago
State health department officials are working on several theories concerning the cause of a hepatitis siege in Silvis grade schools and said today city water is not the cause. How the disease originally got started is still being checked out.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission claims Commonwealth Edison didn't correct a safety violation at the Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station for 40 hours and wants to fine the utility $60,000. The utility has an opportunity to contest the fine, but spokesman, Jim Toscas said no decision has been made.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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