Day in history for May 23, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Next Monday is the anniversary of the Rock Island Rifle Company. After parading in the streets, they will be marched to the fairgrounds where they will be drilled.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The ferry will run tonight to transport music lovers to Davenport. The celebrated orchestra of Leopold Damrosch will perform.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A class of 16 nurses was graduated from St. Anthony's Hospital this morning at exercises in the hospital chapel. Mass was celebrated by the Rev. James A. Dollard, chaplain of the hospital. Diplomas were awarded by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. P. H. Durkin, rector of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rock Island.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Work has been started and is expected to be completed by late fall on the erection of a warehouse, office and truck well for the United States Plywood Corp. of New York in Milan's new industrial subdivision east of Highway 67 and south of the Hasselroth Trailer Court.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island City officials have thought about it for a week, and tonight will act on a proposal to charge fees to organizers of parade, marches, runs and other events in Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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