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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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