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: 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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