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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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