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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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