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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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