Day in history for June 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The National Grand Lodge of the American Association met in convention in Rock Island and was attended by delegates from many states.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Officers were elected by the Rock Island High School Alumni Association: Paul Hamilton, president; E.B. McKown, vice president; Miss Ella Taylor, secretary, and Miss Ada Cook, treasurer.

1905 -- 100 years ago
W.J. Knauer was elected to head Arsenal Lodge 274, Brotherhood of Railroad Carmen.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A major broadcasting company beamed the blow-by-blow description of the Jack Sharkey-Max Schmeling heavyweight championship fight to Germany via short wave.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Stella Duytschaever, Rock Island, incurred a minor head injury when four cars of an 11-car Rock Island Lines train rolled over her on the westbound tracks at 12th Street in Moline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois UPI Editors Saturday presented the first Len H. Small Memorial Award for Community Service Journalism to Lee Strobel of the Chicago Tribune. Strobel was cited for a series of stories on the controversy surrounding the Ford Pinto.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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