Day in history for April 28, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Chief Engineer Stoddard of the fire department has made arrangements for ringing one of the church bells so that our citizen may know when there is a fire in the city.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The voting place at the corner of 5th Avenue and 22nd Street was destroyed by fire early this morning.

1908 -- 100 years ago
President George E. MacLean of the State University of Iowa has accepted the invitation to speak at commencement exercises of Rock Island High School June 5.

1933 -- 75 years ago
High school boys and girls of Rock Island and its trading territory are offered an opportunity to compete in a contest sponsored by The Argus and 57 retail merchants and business firms of the city. Prizes will be free trips to the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition.

1958 -- 50 years ago
First Lt. Donald M. Wittevrongel, is one of 40 nominees for the new Koren Kolligian Trophy Air Force flying safety award to be presented annually to the pilot or aircrew member who most successfully coped with an in-flight emergency during the year.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline police are looking for a couple of burglars with a fetish for cleanliness, or maybe one very strong thief. Steven J. Scott said he had a 300-pound, cast-iron tub in his garage and persons or person unknown took the tub.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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