Day in history for August 9, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
For several days we have been advertising Moore And Meighan's Grocery Store as being on the corner of Rock Island and Madison Streets. There is no such street as Rock Island Street in this city. The store is on Illionis and Madison Streets.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The poll tax has been ordered to be collected and the street commissioner will soon have his hands full. Work on the streets is now at a standstill because of lack of funds.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Charles Bigney, Boston swimmer swam across the river to Davenport and back in 43 minutes before a crowd of 3,500 yesterday. The return was made in 18 minutes and 22 seconds.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Construction operations at the site of the Rock Island Locks and roller dam will be inspected late next week by a high official of the Army Engineer Corps.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Frank Hill, Rock Island, a patient at the Rock Island County Tuberculosis Sanatorium, yesterday received a 'helping hand' from another Rock Islander, Mrs. Arlene Sweeney, in the form of an automatic washer and drier.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Federal budget cuts are forcing Rock Island-Milan public school officials to drop a high-school remedial reading program and to slash the program in half at the elementary and junior high level.

Back: Available days in August 2007



Local events heading








  Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




(More History)