Day in history for April 5, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Teachers' Institute is now in session in the Third Ward school house. A county teachers' association will be organized.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Bronchitis in various forms is the prevalent disorder in Rock Island today, doctors report.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Dr. M. M. Mangasarian of Chicago addressed a large audience at the Illinois Theater last night. He spoke on the moral side of the drinking habit.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Democrats took another hitch in their 'New Deal' program yesterday, making a clean sweep of all 18 offices and unseating 12 Republicans who have been in office for varying terms of 3 to 27 years. Joseph A. Berger, Democrat, was elected supervisor in a tight contest with Ben A. Jacobson.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Seventy-five boys sold over 600 boxes of YMCA cookies to help send boys to YMCA Camp Hauberg this summer. This is the first general city wide sale the YMCA has conducted in Rock Island in 10 years.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Chad Unterscheidt has a thing about rats. 'I just like rats,' said the young author, a third-grader at W.L. Eddy School in Milan. Unterscheidt illustrated and bound the book himself. The book his first, won a spot on the roster of the top 15 books written by Rock Island-Milan children in the Young Authors Program.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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