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: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.






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