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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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