Day in history for May 25, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
George Crantz, who keeps a grocery store in the first ward, was fined last Wednesday, $15 and costs, for selling liquor without a license. Persons who are practicing this game, would do well to desist. If they do not, they will be nabbed before they are aware of it.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Many Rock Island residents went to Davenport today to see the wild west show and Buffalo Bill. The streets were crowded yesterday to witness the annual parade of the Rock Island fire department.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Eighty-nine graduates of the different departments of Augustana College heard Dr. G. A. Andreen, president, deliver the baccalaureate sermon at the college yesterday.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The new store of the J.J. Newberry company, 1712 Second Ave., Rock Island, will be opened for business at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. The new building and fixtures represent an investment of approximately $35,000.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Consistency paid off for Franklin Andquot;WhiteyAndquot; Barnard as he captured the Quad-City Amateur Golf tournament title yesterday at Credit Island.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Visiting Nurse and Homemaker Association of Rock Island County is launching a campaign to raise $250,000 in 30 days to buy its present home at 1803 7th St., Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.

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