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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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