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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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