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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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