Day in history for May 20, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The various fire companies of Rock Island, Moline and Davenport will meet in Davenport to test the qualities of the engines in throwing water. The company which throws the highest stream will receive a trumpet. 1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
The contract for the new Best Building at 17th Street and 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, has been let. Work will begin soon. 1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Riviera Theater building 112 114 18th St., Rock Island, which was being razed following a major fire there March 28 was the scene of another spectacular blaze at 10:50 this morning. 1983 -- 25 years ago:

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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