Day in history for May 15, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Our city was thrown into a great state of excitement yesterday by some worthless scamps who were running their horses at railroad speed through our principal streets. They knocked down and ran over a boy, and were finally arrested by an infuriated populace who gave chase. 1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island baseball team defeated Cedar Rapids, 9-2, yesterday as the Islanders opened defense of their 1907 title. 1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
Seventy Rock Island youngsters who have been participating in the Children's Theater classes at Hauberg Civic Center will perform at two Mothers Teas, set for May 20 and May 27 at Hauberg Civic Center. 1983 -- 25 years ago:

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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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