Day in history for April 24, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday was a very windy day - more like the later part of February than April.

1883 -- 125 years ago
A baseball nine has been organized at Rock Island High School with Bernard Connelly as captain.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Turners of Rock Island held a jubilee last evening at Turner Hall and the 51st anniversary of the founding of the organization was celebrated.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Supervisor Edward E. Schafer of Port Byron was re-elected chairman of the Rock Island County Board this morning, defeating Supervisor George Andrews of Andalusia by a vote of 34-14 on the formal ballot.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Elizabeth Bergendoff, Rock Island, and Dick Johannesen, Davenport, students at Augustana college and holders of the Illinois State championships in women's and men's collegiate oratory, and their coach, Prof. Theodor LeVander, left this morning for the interstate oratory contests at Michagan State univiersity at East Lansing, Mich.

1983 -- 25 years ago
It makes so much sense, it's a wonder it hasn't been done before. But Dale Blocklinger can hardly remember how he got the idea is to use video equipment - camera, recorder and television screen - to sell real estate. He shoots the film himself and keeps playback equipment in the office for all salespeople to use.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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