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: 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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