Day in history for April 26, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We are requested to say that a lecture will be delivered tomorrow at the Christian Chapel in Davenport by the Rev. Jonas Hartzell. His topic is 'What Has the Church To Do With Slavery?'

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Moline Lumber Co. has filed a certificate of incorporation with capital stock listed at $25,000.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The second meeting in the interest of road improvement in the lower end of Rock Island County was held yesterday afternoon at the Rock Island Club.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School extemporaneous speaking season was brought to a conclusion when the Rock Island team defeated Moline High at Rock Island yesterday afternoon. Peter Denger placed first with a talk on the topic, 'Inflation.' Sidney Deutsch also of Rock Island, was second. His topic was 'Buy American.'

1958 -- 50 years ago
Two young bandits robbed the Joy State Bank about 10 this morning, escaping with an estemated $3,000. Witnesses and then turned north and east toward Aledo.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Gary Brown of Moline, superintendent of Arrowhead Ranch, has been appointed to the newly formed Juvenile Justice Commission that will allocate funds for juvenile justice programs in Illinois, Gov. James Thompson announced Monday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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