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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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