Day in history for May 13, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Police officers are looking for a man who stole some $40 from another fellow in a saloon on the levee. He is a short man with black hair and no whiskers. 1883 -- 125 years ago: A catfish weighing 47 pounds was caught in the Rock River near Milan this morning. 1908 -- 100 years ago: One person was killed, several injured and property damage to the extent of $50,000 in a violent windstorm in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry Counties yesterday. 1933 -- 75 years ago: A relief model of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, built by Dr. F. M. Fryxell, head of the department of geology at Augustana College, and Rudolph Edmund, student at Augustana, has been installed in the Hall of Science in Chicago. It is one of seven models which will constitute the exhibit of the United States National Park Service at the Century of Progress Exposition. 1958 -- 50 years ago: Commercial traffic on the Mississippi River through April 30 increased 14 per cent over a similar period last year, according to the Rock Island District Corps of Engineers. 1983 -- 25 years ago:CPR classes at Roosevelt School, Moline, were interrupted when it was discovered that the Rescusi-Annie, a dummy used to teach CPR was vandalized sometime Wednesday or Thursday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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