Day in history for May 10, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The picnic to Coal Valley Saturday was postponed because of rain. Many of the little ones were sorely disappointed.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Harmony prevailed at the Rock Island Council meeting last night and a large number of bills were passed.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The side wheeler, War Eagle, one of the fastest boats on the Mississippi, arrived from downstream this afternoon.

1933 -- 75 years ago
'The decision of the Illinois Supreme Court in declaring the Illinois 3 per cent sale tax unconstitutional this afternoon was welcome news to Rock Island merchants. R. A. Jacobson, managing secretary of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce, said when informed of the ruling.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Four stone walls were all that remained today of the Galesburg Public Library as a result of a fire that caused damage estimated at nearly one million dollars to the building and its contents last night.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Bill and Chuck Bealer of Colona recently became a father-son Dispatch Super Bowler combination by each bowling 700 series. Both compete in the Port Byron-Rapid City league. Bill Bealer achieved Super Bowler status with a 701 series that included games of 243, 245 and 213. Chuck became a Super Bowler with a 706 series that included games of 216, 268 and 222.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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