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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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