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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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