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: 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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