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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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