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: 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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