Day in history for May 12, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The anniversary meeting of the Rock Island Bible Society will be held May 16 at the Methodist Church. Addresses will be given by several persons.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Six men obtained naturalization papers from County Clerk Donaldson yesterday afternoon.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The weatherman has promised a change from the usual routine of rain in the near future.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island and Davenport baseball clubs of the Mississippi Valley League will open the season tonight at Douglas Park. Rock Island manager Riley Parker intends to start Al 'Boots' Hollingsworth, hero of the 'Little World Series,' as a congratulatory gesture to the big southpaw who accounted for two of the Islanders' four victories in the series.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Edgar W. Peterson, 3728 13th Ave., Moline, planning engineer for lnternational Harvester's Farmall Works since 1944, retired Friday. He had been an employee of the Harvester Company's plant in Rock Island since 1934.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Summer Festival Entertainment Committee is seeking volunteer performers for the 6th Annual Festival, July 7, 8 and 9. The committee is seeking jugglers, magicians, clowns, baton twirlers as well as those who make ballon animals or who demostrate handicrafts.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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