Day in history for May 8, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A load of hay has been sold in this city for $40 a ton. This price is enough to frighten any man from keeping a team of horses.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The electric machine is seen on the street corner together with other indications of the arrival of spring.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mayor Henry G. Schaffer was installed at the meeting of the City Council last night. He took over the gavel from former Mayor George W. McCaskrin.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. W.H. Marshall was reelected commissioner of the Rock Island Girl Scouts at the annual meeting of the council in the home of Mrs. Elizabeth H. Barton.

1957 -- 50 years ago
About 8,000 gallons of paint will be applied to the 11 large roller gates of Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island, during the next two years. The major undertaking is being started this week. The 110-foot rollers will be hoisted out of the water, one by one, and will be painted inside and out.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Humane Society shelter in Milan recently underwent about $14,000 of remodeling. Judy Kitchen, assistant manager, said more than $5,000 has been invested on 34 stainless steel cat and puppy cages. Kitchen and other humane society members are proud of the improvements - especially this week during ''Be Kind to Animals Week.''

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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