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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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