Day in history for April 7, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Heavy black silks have just been received at Judd And Boyle. They will be sold at much less than their former prices.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Captain John G. Butler has been assigned to duty at Rock Island Arsenal by the War Department. He had been stationed at the Arsenal at Watertown, Mass.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Both sides were confident of winning in today's local option election as interest mounted. Large crowds attended the meetings addressed by Clarence Darrow for the wets and Sam Small for the dry cause.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island legally sampled real beer today for the first time in 13 years. Sales were so brisk for a time that it was doubtful that the supply would meet the demand.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Lack of organization on the parts of individuals and groups within Rock Island District, Corps of Engineers, has been blamed by a waterways authority as the reason for 'the snake-like pace of progress in the development of authorized projects' in the district.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A total of 7,138 Rock Island county men had registered with the Selective Service System as of Feb. 28. A total of 3,243 from Whiteside County and 2,654 from Henry County also have registered. Making a total of 13,000 for the three counties.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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