Day in history for April 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We notice groups of ladies daily, gazing at the beautiful photographs, displayed by Mr. Gayford, in front of this well known Daguerrian Gallery.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The meetings at St. Joseph church continue to be well attended. Tonight Father Cook will preach on 'Necessity of Confession.'

1908 -- 100 years ago
Property owners on Seventh Avenue east of 28th Street protested against sidewalk improvement work at a meeting last night.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Sacks of seed were distributed today by the Rock Island county emergency relief committee, without cost, to unemployed residents of Rock Island who will plant gardens. The seeds were furnished by the Illinois emergency relief commission.

1958 -- 50 years ago
A familiar sight on the Mississippi River for 20 years, the Dredge Rock Island passed by Rock Island for the last time early this morning on its way to the Great Lakes.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Any clothing merchant would tell you that when you're bursting at the seams, it's time to move up to a bigger size. Birley's recently moved into a new building at 2127 47th St., Moline, because it had outgrown its location in East Moline after 23 years. The new store is more than three times as large as the old one and has parking for 120 cars.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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