Day in history for May 11, 2008

1883 -- 125 years ago
The audience which assembled at Harper's theatre last night to witness the 'Black Crook' was greatly pleased with the presentation. Jack Frost was around again last night, damaging the tender plants. W. W. Cole's huge circus will appear in Rock Island May 30.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A small Cyclone is reported to have hit Barstow, Cleveland, and other surrounding villages late this afternoon, destroying much property.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Additional pledges reported this morning by workers in the Rock Island community chest campaign, swelled the total subscribed to $9,336.22

1958 -- 50 years ago
Advocation of a permanent Moline rink, long a project sought by the city's teenagers, last night was under lively debate during a meeting of the group work and recreation committee of the Moline Community Welfare Council.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Richard G. Wharton, director of materials management for Deere And Co., will speak on 'The Factory of the Future' at the May 18 meeting of the Quad-Cities Chapter of American Production and Inventory Control Society.

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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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