Day in history for May 1, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A man drove a two-horse wagon into the river near the bridge to water his horses. He went too far. The wagon capsized and he drowned.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Thomas W. Keene, noted tragedian, is at Harper's Theater tonight in Shakespeare's celebrated 'Richard III.'

1908 -- 100 years ago
Broadway Presbyterian Church rounded out a third of a century of its existence with a celebration in the church auditorium.

1933 -- 75 years ago
An appeal for greater use of the $380,000 Rock Island River-Rail Terminal by the city's business and industrial interests will be included in Mayor-elect Clarence E. Hodson's inaugural address tonight at the City Hall.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Since its founding in 1949, the Quad-City Music Guild has awarded 69 grants for private voice and dancing lessons and general college work to talented young people in the community, declared Robert H. Sward of Moline in a talk before the Rock Island Exchange Club.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline's 13 elementary schools that will be open next year each received an Atari 400 computer, thanks to a whopping donation of about $6,000 by Doric Masonic Lodge 319 of Moline. Teachers already are learning how to use the new computers, so that they can begin teaching elementary students the basics of computers next year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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