Day in history for April 3, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A Washington dispatch to the New York Tribune says that the Mississippi River Island of Rock Island will be sold in lots of 40 acres.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The usual dead quiet immediately following an election is being experienced in Rock Island today.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The temperature for the month of March was 4.7 degrees above the average for the last 36 years, according to figures submitted by Mr. Sherier of the local Weather Bureau.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Argus reported today that there were 76 officers and men aboard the Navy dirigible Akron when it dropped into the sea today. Of this number, one is know dead, three survived and 72 are still missing. The Akron was the world's largest airship. The cause of the tragedy has not been determined.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Physically handicapped children were entertained recently at an Easter party in the rooms at Eugene Field School. Fifteen students, from third grade through high school, received treats from the Junior Auxiliary of the Rock Island Visiting Nurse Association.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A portion of the west side of Moline was without electricity for about two and half hours Saturday morning while a transformer was being replaced. A single transformer serves six to eight homes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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