Day in history for April 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Be sure to read the advertisement in these columns for Herring's Champion Fire Proof Sales.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Assessors of the different townships were qualified today by County Clerk Donaldson and held a meeting at the courthouse to decide the rate of assessment.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The weather bulletin for the week ending today shows that the average temperature was 11 degrees higher than for the same period last year.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Denton Hodges and Alvin Householder, seniors, were honored with membership yesterday in the National Athletic Scholarship Society of Secondary School. Jack Brown and Hugo Birkhahn previously recieved the honor.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Mississippi River today still held the body of a 10-year-old Rock Island boy who was drowned shortly before 5 yesterday afternoon when he lost his footing as he was returning a snapping turtle to the river.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A chicken wing-eating contest will be held at 1 p.m. May 7 in the Coal Valley Lions Club shelter to benefit Winning Wheels, a center in Prophetstown for wheelchair users. Contestents are to seek pledges for each chicken wing they think they can eat within 15 minutes. There will be 1,200 chicken wings at the contest, prepared by Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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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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