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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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