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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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