Day in history for April 9, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We have not received any telegraphic dispatches for two days because of the violent storm which has been taking place.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The annual campaign in the garden has been entered upon by everybody-except those who know by sad experience what it costs to raise each parsnip, beet and carrot.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island voters turned down the local option proposition by a purality of 1,859 ballots in yesterday's election.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island beer retailers played happy tunes on their cash registers last night as thousands of citizens and residents of Davenport and other Iowa cities indulged in an orderly celebration of the advent of 3.2 per cent beer.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Staff members, correspondents and special messengers of The Argus cooperated with personnel of station WHBF in bringing results of yesterday's primary election to the public in speedy fashion last night. 22 boys from Washington, Central and Franklin Junior High School served as special messengers.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Courthouse will not be used as a ballot collection point in the municipal election in order to get results to the public faster. Instead, election judges will return ballot boxes directly to the county building.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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