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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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