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 fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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