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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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