Day in history for April 21, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A crowd gathered last evening in front of Bailey and Boyle's block to witness a fight between two draymen and their dogs. None of the men nor the dogs was injured.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Dull days are being experienced by Rock Island doctors. The health of the people of the city is said to be better than it has been for the past seven years.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The McCarthy Improvement Co. of Davenport has been awarded a contract to pave 7th Avenue, from 30th Street to 38th Street. Estimated expenditures are $36,000.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Many downtown stores are not collecting sales tax from customers in Rock Island. At a recent meeting of retailers it was decided to pursue this policy until an opinion on the legality of the sales tax law is handed down by the Illinois Supreme Court.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City employment stood at 43,555 on March 31, only 144 less than the total reported on Feb. 28, and 915 less than reported on March 31 a year ago.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A semi-trailer carrying 41,000 pounds of cheese overturned near the intersection of Interstate 280 and Illinois 92 today, partly blocking the I-280 off ramp for more than two hours. The truck was eastbound on I-280 and flipped on its side when the load shifted as the driver turned on the off ramp.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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