Day in history for April 25, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Those neat cottages belonging to Ben Harper on Jefferson St. are rapidly being completed. They will be nice houses for small families.

1883 -- 125 years ago
J.S. Gilmore has men at work today laying pipe from his pork house on 1st Ave. across 16th St. to the main sewer.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Augustana College is planning a rousing reception for governor John A. Johnson of Minnesota when he comes here May 1 as the guest of the college.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Objections raised by the Rock Island Baseball Club to a schedule which has the Islanders opening the 1933 season on the road brought a promise late yesterday that a change would be made. The amended schedule will give Rock Island its first game with Davneport May 11 at Douglas Park.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Higher total tax rates for 1957 and a huge boost in property valuations will work their inevitable result -- bigger tax bills -- for most taxpayers of Rock Island County.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities first local public television station is scheduled to go on the air this fall. The equipment for WQPT-TV (Channel 24) began to arrive Sunday with the delivery of a $110,000 satellite dish antenna. The antenna is being installed on the Black Hawk college campus, the site of the station's temporary studios.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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