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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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