Day in history for April 2, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The old friends of Capt. Brackett will be pleased to find the interesting letter we published from him today. It contains many items of interest on our Texan frontier.

1883 -- 125 years ago
James Z. Mott, Democrat, was elected mayor of Rock Island by a plurality of 194 votes in yesterday's contest. The Democrats also elected a city attorney, treasurer and supervisor.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A new ice cream factory is being built at 43rd St. and 6th Ave. It will be known as the L.Z. Emery Co.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County's revenue from the Illinois sales tax which went to effect Saturday will be devoted to poor relief, it was announced this morning by the Board of Supervisors. It also was announced that the county will share in the advance of $3,725,000 to Illinois by the Reconstruction Finance Corp.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Richard Corken received his silver award at an Explorer Scout Post 4 court of honor at Frances Willard School last night.

1983 -- 25 years ago
United Township High School's student newspaper, The Key, in competition at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb received a Golden Eagle award for newspaper excellence and several individual honors. Golden Eagles are presented to those papers scoring highest in overall judging.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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