Day in history for April 8, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
All persons who wish to secure positions as teachers in the high school will meet for an examination April 15 at the school near the Methodist Church.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. Thomas F. Brochers has been extended a call to become the pastor of the First Baptist Church.

1908 -- 100 years ago
At a meeting of the Old Ladies' Home Association at the Harper House this morning, it was decided to abandon the home. Financial reasons were given.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island School Board election will be held tomorrow with one member to be named to succeed George B. McNutt, who is not a candidate for re-election. Harry Denecke, Rock Island, is unopposed for election to the board. A light vote is expected.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Talk of a 12-month dog control program for Rock Island evoked some flippant comments during the post council session last night but action is pending. Councilman Glenn Wood expressed skepticism about the city's becoming 'an oasis' by enacting a 12-month confinement law for dogs.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Kathy Jensen Murchie has been named 'Young Dietitian of the Year' for 1983 by the Illlinois Dietetic Association. Murchie, of Coal Valley, is the chief clinical dietitian at Illini Hospital.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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