Day in history for May 24, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
No train arrived from the east yesterday until a late hour last night. The detention of the cars was caused by a bad rain the night before which washed away the track near Morris.

1883 -- 125 years ago
A raft of logs was pushed down the river to Rock Island today by the steamer F. A. Denkmann.

1908 -- 100 years ago
A new flag pole has been installed in Spencer Square.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Flood waters of rivers and creeks in the Rock Island and Western Illinois area today were menacing hundreds of acres in low lands as a result of continued rains. Milan appeared to be in danger at noon as 21 inches of Mill Creek's flood water poured over the south spillway into the Hennepin Canal and then into the Rock River.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The summer program of activities sponsored by the Rock Island Playground, Recreation, and Park Board gets under way next week with the opening of city, church and fraternal softball leagues.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Watts Trucking Service today announced plans to build a $4.5 million hazardous waste treatment plant on a six acre site it owns at 2nd Street and 6th Avenue in Rock Island. The plant, to be built just north of the Servus Rubber factory, would treat liquid wastes generated locally, and now is usually disposed of in sanitary landfills.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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